A plea and a solution for food sellers by da-AL

My dear blog reader, if you or anyone you know agrees with the letter below, won’t you please share it, hashtag it, copy/paste it, add your name to it, and do whatever you like to get the basic sentiment out there? (And read on for an additional message to you that follows it.)

Dear Trader Joe’s, as well as other grocery stores and processed food manufacturers,

Food, glorious food! I love your stuff, and I adore it all the better when you sell it in containers that are healthy and easy to re-use.

Rather than cans and near-impossible-to-recycle (let alone repurpose) plastic vacuum-sealed boxes, sell us stuff in containers like these!…

Something delish…
Tastes better when it’s in something useful…
Like how this keeps a snack fresh!

Here’s the kind of jars I love best — think healthy, easy-to-clean, and uniform in which to store my beans, grains, flour, pasta, and such:

  • Straight-sided and where I can easily reach in wash clear down to the bottom.
  • Labels that require just a quick soak to remove.
  • Better yet, no labels at all, as in the case of the adorable drinking glasses illustrated after this letter — how sublime that the Welch’s name appears only in fine print!
  • Interchangeable sizes and lids would be extra classy!

The mustard sauce in the photo is great — and is all the better for the jar!

Yours truly,

da-AL — a customer who I doubt is alone

P.S. Don’t think you can get away with overpricing products with super-cute holiday gift-type containers and expect us to think you’ve done anyone a favor.

Back to you my dear cyberland friend,

As you can guess from above, I’m asking businesses to go beyond using less plastic. It’s lovely when grocers sell us food in glass jars. Let’s encourage them to take it up a gazillion notches by doing something that’ll benefit us while making us more loyal to them!

I hope you’ll share this with anyone who’s as upset as I am with how impossible it is to get away from plastic. Share this with individuals as well as with businesses. Even small gestures can go a long way when they’re multiplied. As consumers, our wallets wield immense power.

Every time I turn around, I read more scary stuff about how corrosive plastics are to our bodies, and downright catastrophic to the environment. There may have been a time when we deluded ourselves that plastic was better than glass, but these days, we know better.

When I was small, my family ate Welch’s jam. Why? Sure, it was tasty, and we needed something not too expensive for our toast — but with all the jams out there, Welch’s outsmarted the others! Theirs was in glass jars meant to be repurposed into drinking glasses! Customers wanted to collect the cute freebies while getting decent jams at the same time.

In the stone-age, harhar, jam came in these. They were great to drink out of and made shoppers want to go buy more to collect them!

Win-win joy here, there, everywhere!! Pardon me while I do a little jig at the keyboard! Why the heck don’t all stores and all brands continue to do something like what I described?

For crafty readers and those of us who enjoy looking at stuff we’ll never do — here and here and here and here and here and here and here are some links. Key search words: repurpose and up-cycle.

Are you concerned about plastics?…

47 thoughts on “A plea and a solution for food sellers by da-AL

  1. I agree strongly! I like the two-cup salsa jars from Trader Joe’s, but the real staple in my house are the jars from Smucker’s Natural peanut butter—nice straight sides! We eat a lot of peanut butter and prefer that kind to the ones mixed with hydrogenated rapeseed oil in a plastic jar that’s hard to get even clean enough to recycle.

    When I was young, my parents refused to buy the jam in the Flintstones jars because of some combination of price and preferring the flavor of a different brand—they bought a strawberry jam in tall jars with pry-off lids, so there was no threaded rim; it was smooth and pleasant to drink from. Eventually I did get to have a Donald Duck glass, because a large translucent Donald Duck sticker came in my cereal box and my father helped me apply it nice and straight on one of the jam jars, which became my special glass. 🙂

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  2. I think anyone who reads the news and is aware of all the catastrophic natural disasters that are happening at the moment must be worried about the damage humans are doing to the natural environment. We also used to get peanut butter, mustard and other spreads in glass jars or glasses that could be reused. Everything is plastic now. Cheap, cheerful and destructive.

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  3. Avoiding plastic is very difficult in Denmark. There is absolutely no water to be had in glass bottles in any supermarket. The largest juice producer has just started to sell their eco cold pressed juice in plastic bottles instead of tetra packs. The second class juice from concentrate is still in tetra packs. If you talk about that with a shop assistant, they just point out that plastic is collected for re-use in Denmark. Really, where are all those products made from re-used plastic? They are not aware of the damage plastic does to our bodies via the food. I fill everything over into glass bottles when we get home. Luckily, the water bottles are deposit bottles. The orange juice bottle I put into the recycling container and hope for the best.

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  4. Nicely done, da-AL! It’s great there’s increasingly more awareness about being eco-friendly and trying to ditch the plastic. What bugs me is where plastic is used but it’s not recyclable.. why bother? Why not at least package it in the stuff that can be recycled? Glass jars make a better alternative. But please – dear retails – stop putting stuff in ridiculously overpriced packaging to make us believe it’s better for the environment when it’s cheaper for you while charging us three times the price! xx

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    • Btw, I just tried to comment on your newest post, but somehow it won’t let me. Just want to say am so glad you’re hanging in there — love your kitty! Didn’t know you had one 🙂


      • Aww no, what happens when you try to comment? That’s so frustrating, I’m sorry you’ve had a problem with it. I know you can’t comment through the reader, you have to go on the actual site (I think because I’ve got a paid-for theme and am self hosted perhaps). Do you get an error message?
        Yes, kittykat can be cute…when he wants to be! Don’t be fooled by the cuteness 😂

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        • Ah, yes, now I remember — you’ve mentioned that before about not being able to comment thru reader — it’s part of why I don’t do self-hosted. When I comment on your posts it’s often via the email announcements that you’ve got a new post

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  5. Yes! I wish more retailers would consider packaging. Personally, I’ve stopped using plastic bags for the most part, but I’m at a loss when it comes to what to do with doggy-doo. Anyone got a good suggestion for environmentally friendly ways to stoop and scoop?

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    • I’ve been using veggie bags (tho lately a friend has suggested I take my own veggie bags to store) – also, I save bags from bread, etc. Someone told me to buy the recycled kind from pet store, but so far have managed to scrounge enough from recycling types of things…

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  6. Oh yes, indeed, the glass jars such as the one you have pictured here are great for storage, The wide mouth jars provide easy access and for that reason I have saved a few jars only mine did not come from Trader Joe’s. Alas, there is not a TJ in my town.

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  7. Great post da-Al…in India we are trying a lot to avoid plastic,but the problem is that steel and glassware are not so light weight and they are definitely costly. But still change is coming. Now I am saving all glassware sauce bottles to collect homemade jams!

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  8. We’ve bought tote bags here and there. Use them for 90-95% of our grocery shopping. We refuse the – kind – offer of plastic bags in shops to take the stuff we buy. Unless it’s too bulky, then we recycle the plastic bag over and over again. If all consumers/shoppers did the same worldwide we could probably cut down plastic waste by 30? 50? 70% or more…
    Thanks for the post.
    Hope all is well with you.

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