Midnight Oil

Subject: Over-packaging (NMOC)
From: fabien barret
Date: 16/06/2010, 6:29 pm
To: powderworks@yahoogroups.com.au

Sorry, it's just for europeans powdies. But if you have european friends you can pass it along.


To the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament,

We, European citizens and residents in the European Union,

consider that the growing increase of the over-packaging, that is to say all the packaging materials obviously over dimensioned only to promote the sales of these products is an offence against the principle of the sustainable and environment-friendly growth expressly mentioned in the Treaty on the European Union.   

consider that the waste reduction and the environmental protection require to take measures in order to limit the over-packaging, that the search on environment-friendly packaging or the development of  packaging waste recycling procedures are not an end in themselves. We consider that only a significant waste reduction at the source will enable to limit the impact of our consumer goods on the environment.

consider that if the packaging does not play any role or does not contribute to protect the product during its preservation, transport, storage, identification or to inform the consumers, it can be suppressed.      

As packaging can represent up to 80 % of the total weight of the finished product and thus constitute up to 65% of its price, packaging reduction must enable every consumer to reduce the global volume of her/his waste production and to save money on the same proportions.
Yet, as the European Union Law and especially the European Directive 94/62 does not propose any criteria to limit the packaging marketing, we ask the European Institutions to take measures to impose the packaging restriction on the manufacturers.

This petition asks for measures limiting the packaging, in quantity and volume, and restricting its use to the strict respect of the security and hygiene requirements on the products.