26 Aug '11, 3pm

Unnecessary and wasteful mooncake packaging

Unnecessary and wasteful mooncake packaging

SINGAPORE: The Mid-Autumn Festival is just two weeks away, and mooncake retailers islandwide are competing for buyers' attention with bright, attractive packaging. But the Singapore Packaging Council said some retailers have gone overboard. It said 40 per cent of mooncake box packaging is unnecessary and wasteful. Some mooncake boxes are too thick and others too big. Over-packaging individual mooncakes can also be wasteful. Packaging is responsible for one-third of Singapore's domestic waste. And the Singapore Packaging Council said some countries like China have regulations to limit the amount of packaging used for mooncakes to no more than 30 per cent of the mooncakes' size. But there are no similar laws here. Albert Lim, chairman of Singapore Packaging Council, said: "A voluntary scheme should be put in place and reviewed after a period of five to 10 years. "Similar pol...

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