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Maddening packaging!

October 20, 2014

Does anyone else hate this kind of packaging as much as I do? In recent years cartons and TetraPaks have started to appear with these “corks” on them. (Can’t think of the right word in English, so you get the direct Finnish-English translation.) I am not pointing out any specific company or producer in particular because they all seem to be doing it.

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The reason why I hate these “corks” on the cartons is because they are not conducive to getting everything out of the carton when it is nearly empty. Plus, it is more plastic, which we don’t need! I might take the opportunity to remind people who are recycling fanatics like I am, that the plastic cap is “energy waste” and can be recycled accordingly.

Sorry, just a minor pet-peeve on the consumer front. Continue as you were.

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  1. October 20, 2014 8:41 am

    Sumbled across your blog while looking for some Finnishisms and it is great to see you are still blogging all these years later!

    Yes, those plastic corks (no idea what their official name is either) are annoying!!

    • October 20, 2014 9:08 am

      Hello Battlefish, thanks for dropping (back) in. Nice to know that this blog still has some sway after all this time! Love the picture of the “Paxlet.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sonia permalink
    October 20, 2014 9:56 am

    Nothing against the corks. They are useful and sppeared in Finland with 20 years delay. What I utmost hate are tomatoes on plastic, apples in plastic, radish (!) in plastic and its watery, rotten juice, carrots in plastic, cucumber in condoms รคh sorry in plastic. A bit of boycott is possible while growing own in summer and buying most in Lidl. In the beginning, they used to have separate logistics which meant far less rotten and packed stuff than in the two other chains. Now it’s getting in the same direction.

    • anonymous permalink
      October 20, 2014 1:13 pm

      Where do you shop? My neighbourhood stores don’t have greens in plastic.

      • October 21, 2014 6:19 am

        I have noticed that some Valintatalo shops are offering people the opportunity to put their produce in paper bags instead of plastic.

      • anonymous permalink
        October 22, 2014 10:34 am

        Oh, you meant bag availability!
        You are well within your rights to bring your own (recyclable) bags for them if you want to!

    • October 21, 2014 6:18 am

      Sorry Sonia, I HATE these caps – just HATE them.

      • Sonia permalink
        October 22, 2014 9:31 am

        Well, what’s the choice? S or K, when I have too. Lidl. Stockmann. Seldom Valintatalo, hardly Siwa (they look filthy in our area). I have never seen a naked Finnish cucumber. Never. I have never seen a salad without the wrap.

        I remember John Webster from the documentary “Katastrofin aineksia” to get tomatoes without boxes while the whole pile was packed.

        The bakery bags need a window for the cashier to inspect, I am afraid ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It’s not good for the taste of the bread either. Bread does not belong into plastic.

      • anonymous permalink
        October 22, 2014 10:36 am

        Currently the choice is to not buy Valio. I don’t think others use those caps (though I don’t know about Lidl).

      • Sonia permalink
        October 23, 2014 12:19 pm

        Muah, Lidl and German products had the recyclable caps for at least 20 years ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have been buying the green organic milk from Lidl for a long time (with cap).

        Nevertheless, I chose not to buy Valio for other reasons (the heavy industrial processing and monopolist stand).

  3. anonymous permalink
    October 20, 2014 1:24 pm

    I concur, those caps are annoying. What is it with all the forced plastic. Even self-select pastry counters have paper bags with plastic viewports. Why?!?
    Like we need more any plastic waste in this world!

    Maybe that’s a over-engineered response to having left-handed expiration dates. Then again, come to think of it, even with the caps those dates are still on the wrong side of the carton!
    Think about it: If you want the date easily seen when you open the fridge, the carton is positioned in the direction that prevents you from simply taking it with your dominant hand, unscrewing the cap with your other hand and pouring the liquid in a glass.
    The same problem existed earlier for the right-handed: If the carton was positioned such that the date was on the front, using a right hand to take it out meant it was in your hand the wrong way to pour.

  4. szakib permalink
    October 20, 2014 3:55 pm

    Agreed. Don’t try to stop an engineer from getting the last drops out of the carton. ๐Ÿ˜€
    BTW since a while ago, all mixed rubbish in the capital area goes to the new rubbish incinerator in Vantaa http://yle.fi/uutiset/finlands_biggest_waste-to-energy_plant_opens_in_vantaa/7476864 so stuff is getting better too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 22, 2014 9:54 am

      I wish all plastic packaging in Finland would be labelled so we would know if it is “energy waste” or not. Currently that is not the case.

    • anonymous permalink
      October 22, 2014 10:38 am

      It’s not just about getting the last drops, it’s also about removing the last drops. If you don’t take them out, you can’t compact the carton without making a mess.

  5. Sonia permalink
    October 23, 2014 12:29 pm

    Carmen, regarding the marking of energy waste, we had the system of “green point” since 1991.

    http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%BCner_Punkt (Finnish version is very brief, English http://www.gruener-punkt.de/en/duales-system-deutschland-gmbh.html ).

    Everything is marked. You _should_ collect them into a special bag which is picked up once in a month or something. They don’t need to be washed, but if you store the bag on your balcony or something, it’s your choice to wash yoghurt packages.

    All the mess was heavily criticized since there is still a lot of energy plastic waste in normal collection and vice versa, which is a costly thing.

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