More investors bow to pressure to drop plastic packaging

06/03/2014

When is 'green' not really green? According to As You Sow, an environmental group that put the pressure on Mondelez International, headquartered in Deerfield, IL, green is the color of paper. The group asserts that unrecyclable packaging wastes resources and contributes to the "growing pollution of world oceans." Recently Mondelez, the "world's largest" snack food company and producer of brands such as Oreo, Chips Ahoy, Trident gum and Philadelphia cream cheese, received 28.4% shareholder support representing $11.9 billion worth of shares to change its food packaging from "unrecyclable" plastic film to cardboard packaging, at the food company's annual meeting.

"Shareholders should be concerned that the company is selling packaging that is designed to be dumped in a landfill," said Conrad MacKarron, senior vice president of As You Sow. "Using unrecyclable packaging when alternatives are available leads to increased use of virgin materials and wastes enormous amounts of valuable resources that could be reused many times over."

Once again we see the narrow-minded viewpoint of the "greens" that continue to tout alternative packaging such as cardboard as "greener" than unrecyclable plastic. The major reason being cited is that this "unrecyclable" plastic ends up in the oceans. And once again, I'll repeat my mantra: Plastics in the oceans or along roadsides is a people problem, not a plastics problem! Otherwise we wouldn't be seeing glass bottles, paper and paperboard trash strewn about along beaches and roadsides.
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