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Legacy of super-size packaging tough to shrink


April 21, 2009
By The Toronto Star

packagingApril 21, 2009 – In the days when humans survived by plucking the berries off the nearest
bush or spearing fish, we didn't need elaborate packaging. Food came in
its own natural package – the rinds or hides of the things we ate.

packagingApril 21, 2009 – In the days when humans survived by plucking the berries off the nearest
bush or spearing fish, we didn't need elaborate packaging. Food came in
its own natural package – the rinds or hides of the things we ate.

But as more goods began travelling the globe, the business of
bagging, boxing, stapling, and shrink-wrapping grew to be a $10 billion
industry in Canada.

These days, it seems almost everything comes
in a package, often one that's difficult to open, contains too many
layers, seems designed mainly to sell the product and creates a
mountain of non-recyclable waste.
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