Shoppers should be able to return empty coffee jars and detergent bottles to supermarkets for a refill under Government plans to reduce packaging waste.
Consumers would get a discount on product prices as they would not pay for the container.
Has anybody, anybody at all, thought this through?
Think of instant coffee alone. There are a number of different brands. So we now need to have a bulk package of each of those brands.
We also need to have someone standing there to refill the bottles. We\’re not, under health rules, going to let your average punter dip his empty jar into the bulk package now, are we?
Finally, you do realise that instant coffee attracts water? Sucks it out of the atmosphere until it becomes a rock hard lump?
So our bulk packaging also needs to be airtight.
Which is going to make refilling those jars really all rather difficult.
So no, it doesn\’t appear that anyone has thought this through. For we used to have a system whereby you bought your goods in individually weighed portions from bulk supplies. Just about every shop worked that way 100 years ago. We don\’t use that system now because it\’s hugely more expensive than doing the portioning via machines in one central point.
These fools are seriously proposing a system that we abandoned because it was inefficient…..and they\’re proposing it in the name of efficiency.
Fuckwits all around us…..