Are these the most over-packaged products? (Marketplace)

Are these the most over-packaged products? (Marketplace)

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♪ ♪ Common:Plastic.We just can’t seem to escape it. That’s
a complete waste. Complete waste.
Shame on that company. This is the kind of thing that
ends up in the ocean and birds end up choking on. Totally not necessary. Common:Just 11
per cent of it
ever gets recycled in Canada.Not recyclable. Not recyclable. Not recyclable. End of story. Common:Environmental
journalist Adria Vasil
is helping us rate some
of the worst examples.
This one
drives me crazy. It’s as though we could not eat
if plastic didn’t exist and that is not the truth. ♪ ♪ I really think the large
corporations should at least try to consider the environment
before packaging things like this. Common:We asked you to send
us your examples
of pointless plastic.We take some of the
worst and in a poll,
ask 1500 Canadians
to rate them.
These are all individually
packaged in a product that most municipalities and
cities do not take. Common:90 per cent
of you say you’re
concerned or very concernedabout plastic pollution,
so we’re counting down,
calling out some of
your worst offenders.
And we’re in Ottawa to ask what
a government that talks about reducing plastic is
actually willing to do about it. We, as part of this story,
wanted to take a look at some of the examples that
were out there. Do you mind if I just show
you some of the things that we found?
-Sure. Common:We’ll challenge
Federal Environment Minister
Catherine McKenna about these
bad examples you sent in.
♪ ♪ I’m Elizabeth Jackson
from Cochrane, Alberta, and I am nominating
Kinder Bueno. Common:Coming in at
number 5 on our poll,
this super-wrapped
Kinder chocolate.
♪ ♪ I brought it home and it’s
layered three times in plastic, so not going to buy this again. Perfect example
of a company that loves its over-packaging, that is killing the plastic
thing and not in a good way. Common: So why would
a company do this? Clearly they are off their game
if they think that consumers need this much packaging. Common:48 per cent
of Canadians agree
with Elizabeth
that Kinder Bueno
is one of the worst examples.So, our viewers sent this in. It’s a chocolate bar,
but it is wrapped in plastic. Yeah. With more plastic. With more plastic,
and then inside– No, tell me it’s not.
Tell me no! Yeah, more plastic. Okay. Well, you know, I think we
need to do a lot better. We need producers to take on
more responsibly and there are companies that
are really acting. Common:But is Ferrero,
maker of Kinder Bueno, acting?
They tell us
they wrap each bar
individually to divide theminto suitable portion sizes.Elizabeth isn’t sold.My message to the company
is, you need to rethink your packaging for your product, and
I will not be buying this again. This is so unnecessary. ♪ ♪ Common:Up next,
and tied at number 5,
you sent us a lot of photos
finding no relief
with legal weed.So we log on, order
some of the same brands.
All right, Adria, this is,
I think, our legal weed. Now legal. We can open this
without being arrested. -That’s a good thing.
-Yup. Okay, let’s
check it out. Ready, set, open. Here we go.
Geez. Why so much
clamshell packaging? That, for so little. -It seems like a–
-That’s a lot of plastic. Just for a few buds,
we are seeing this much plastic. My God. Common: That’s a lot of plastic. That’s kind of
shameful, actually. Uh-oh, no, this–
I do not like. These pouches are
100 per cent not recyclable. I’m pretty
disappointed overall. Common:The Ontario cannabis
store tells us packages have
to be tamperproof and
child resistant,
but does that explain why
there’s so much packaging,
for so little product?They could have designed this
from the ground up to be green, to be compatible with the
province’s recycling systems, and instead they just completely
fell asleep at the switch. I mean, obviously they were
smoking maybe a little bit too much of this stuff. I’m just saying,
I’m just saying. My name is Daniela Recchia
from Orangeville, and this is my nomination for
the most over-packaged product. Common:Up next at number 4,these double-wrapped
paper towels.
This drives me
crazy about Bounty. Why is there so much
plastic inside the plastic bag? Common: Paper towel, wrapped
in plastic, wrapped in more plastic, then wrapped in even
more plastic to ship it. My brain is just
melting down right now. Yeah, that’s
completely unnecessary. Common:49 per cent of
you felt the same,
helping Bounty pick
up a thumbs down.
Procter & Gamble,
maker of Bounty,
say they want to reduce plastic
but not on this product,
as small businesses may want to
resell the rolls individually.
What does Daniela
think of that?
I think this is absolutely
crazy that they are using this much plastic. And something
needs to change. ♪ ♪ 8 million tons of plastic
go into the oceans every year! Common:While others
are slow to act,
these kids are
pushing for change.
When we watched the
CBC Marketplace episode about plastic and what it is
doing to the environment, we decided to take action.
[Applause] Common:We’re
at R.L. Graham Public School
in Keswick, Ontario.The students have got a
message for wasteful companies.
What can companies
do differently? All: Stop using plastic! Common:Time to see
what they think
of item number 3
on our list.
A Marketplace viewer sent us
these photos of plastic-wrapped
plastic straws and
forks from Subway.
All: Hi, David! How are you? All: Good. I am going
to take these out. All: No! Do you think it’s bad? Why do you think it’s bad? Nature can’t digest it. It’s single-use plastic
wrapped in single-use plastic. Does that seem
weird to you? -Yeah. -Yeah. Common:56 per cent
of Canadians
think these Subway straws and
forks are one of the worst.
I would tell them to stop using
plastic because it’s not good for the environment. Common:Subway tells us
plastic overwrap protects their
products, and by
the end of this year
will transition
to paper straws,
but no mention of changing
those plastic-wrapped forks.
So we asked the
minister what she thinks.
There is a plastic fork wrapped
in plastic and a plastic straw wrapped in plastic. This comes from Subway, but you
do see this at other fast food restaurants all
over the place, right? But you
know what? There are– I think that
because of consumers changing, you know, what they want,
they want to see less plastics. But I think that we need to
create the right incentives and right now it can be quite
easy to just make everything disposable, treat
our oceans, our land, like garbage cans. Why not just come out and say,
we’re done with these? We are looking at that and
this is part of our strategy. Common:Speaking of strategy,
we’ve got another mission
for these students.So we are looking for the
worst packaging in this school. We need your help to go
and test this one out. So we need you to go to the blue
bins in all the rooms in this entire school. -Are you ready?
-Yes! On your marks, get set, go!We’ll check back later.Meantime, it’s on to
number 2 on our list.
♪ ♪ Many of you sent us pictures of
plastic-wrapped produce and one that came from Walmart,
nominated by Barb Tessier of Cornwall, Ontario, is a
single plastic-wrapped pepper. What bothers me is
what’s on the label. This product packaged to
increase freshness and help reduce food waste. The few days and the short
time of freshness we get, worth the time that this is
going to spend in our landfills? Common:62 per cent of you think
this is one of the worst.
To have multiple
peppers grouped together, that’s one thing I don’t like,
but to have one single piece of produce wrapped in plastic? Completely unnecessary. Common:Walmart agrees
plastic is a big problem,
but disagrees
there’s a problem here.
They say the plastic
keeps the peppers
fresher and reduces
food waste.
♪ ♪But in our poll,75 per cent of you tell us
you’d accept less shelf-life
for less packaging.This is exactly…awesome. Thank you for shopping. Common:And less packaging is
exactly why people are shopping
at this store in Toronto.Most of the customers who are
coming here are coming because they really believe that
they can make a difference. Common:Unboxed has
produce, a butcher,
household products,
bulk goods,
even a hot table without
plastic packaging.
Although our polling shows most
Canadians care about reducing
plastic, only
39 per cent of you say
you have plastic-free options
in your neighbourhood.
It’s a really
big concern. There are a lot of locations
in the country that don’t have environmentally conscious
stores, zero waste, low waste, whatever you
want to call them. For those people I would say,
look to your farmers’ markets. Go to your stores. Ask the questions. ♪ ♪ Common:Before we get to
number 1 on our countdown,
these kids picked through the
trash to find their school’s
worst offender.What is the worst
one for you here? I feel like it’s the lunch
kits because they are a number 7 plastic, and number 7 plastics
only sometimes get recycled. So, most of them just end up
going into landfills anyway. Common:Lunch Mates are
produced by Maple Leaf Foods,
and these kids have
got a message for them.
I don’t like this. I won’t buy these anymore
because this is plastic. I don’t like plastic. I would say,
stop making these. They are not good
for the environment. I think that they should
stop making this plastic stuff. Common:Maple Leaf says they
care about the environment,
so they are going to removethe recyclable
cardboard on Lunch Mates.
But here’s the thing.They are keeping the
difficult-to-recycle plastic.
You can just tell
your mom and dad to, like, stop buying these. And they can just make it
themselves and put it into a reusable container
and take it to school. ♪ ♪ Common:Time to
wrap up our list.
Here’s number 1.I’m Jennifer Lambert in Ottawa,
Ontario and I am nominating this example of over-packaging
because apples are one thing you usually can purchase
without any plastic at all, and in this case, there seems
to be almost as much plastic as there is apple. We couldn’t find that
exact product in Canadian stores right now, but we found
something really similar, Adria. Our colleagues in
Vancouver sent us this. Are you ready?
I think you’re going to find it pretty egregious. I am not looking
forward to it. Here we go. It’s the clamshell apples. Oh, no. Oh,
my goodness. That’s
just awful. Why is this in any way
necessary whatsoever? Common:A huge
78 per cent
of you thought
packaging like this
was the worst, meaning
it’s our winner.
[buzzer]Or should that be a loser?Give us an alternative
please, if you want us to purchase the product. Common:We reached out to
Grapple and asked them about
their packaging but they
do not want to comment.
So with many companies
slow to reduce on their own,
most of you think the
government should step in.
We ran a poll
and 82 per cent of Canadian respondents
said to us they’d like to see the
government take more action to reduce the use of
single-use products. Does that surprise you? That does
not surprise me. I think there has been a real
change in views about this. So, what can those
people expect? Well, I think
wait till June. That’s when we’re coming out
with our strategy with the provinces
and territories. So single-use pepper? Single-use pepper, ah,
just throw it in the water. And look at this, like how,
what do you even do with this? This is legal pot. All right. So it’s wrapped in plastic but
it’s a tiny little bit, a tiny bud in
a bigger container. People wrote in to us and they
find this to be a bigger issue. I look at what
the EU has just done. They’ve banned, you know, ten
types of single-use plastic. You’ve talked about
trying to reduce out plastic. Why not action? We’re taking a
whole range of actions. So we– bans are good in
certain cases for sure. But it’s not
just about banning. Because I think there is a
lot of focus on banning. There are cases where
you need to use plastic. And so, I think we need to focus
more on the circular economy. And are you serious
about seeing an end to all of this? I am absolutely. I will tell you, this is
something that is a top priority for us.
Absolutely. Common:The government
says they’ll announce
their strategy in June.And we’ll keep watching.

100 thoughts on “Are these the most over-packaged products? (Marketplace)

  • CBC News Post author

    Watch our initial investigation into plastic packaging at the grocery store. ^nr

  • _CT_ 16_ Post author

    Canada: I can’t believe only 39% of Canadians have access to zero plastic stores

    US: Wait… Zero plastic stores exist

  • Luis Zuñiga Post author

    That Unboxed Market looks like the standard market here in Mexico.

  • Torey Post author

    2:54 how did you let THIS on your show???

  • Олександр Морозов Post author

    I would like only me to touch the fork, not some greasy worker or hobo

  • Majid Ismail Post author

    Seems like people are forget that packaging of products is partially practical, but mostly consumer driven.

  • Afrida Hossain Post author

    Kinder Bueno is a joke😭🤣

  • No Name Post author

    #1 Trudeau

  • Thomas D Post author

    Lmao CBC news is still on Windows 7! I pity your IT department!

    They probably still have XP servers running somewhere in the IT room.

  • Plant Maven Post author

    Too bad US kids are not this smart.

  • Andrew Swango Post author

    Ummmmm pallets get wrapped in plastic so the product doesn’t get flung all over the warehouse floor

  • LexiC454 Post author

    this stresses me out soo much

  • binyamj Post author

    Using kids to push your message, is always sad and pathetic. The USA and Canada are NOT dumping plastic into the oceans. The Philippines and China are the worst offenders.

  • tan j maz Post author

    … Buying weed for my job … Its great know the laws …

  • Hector Mejia Post author

    Where are plastic water bottles?

  • Royle Hun Post author

    How about shampoo? Inside plastic has plastic where little shampoo

  • Hind Post author

    Did anyone notice that Elizabeth looks like Alisha Marie ?????

  • Only Child life Post author

    Who the hell would feed their kid lunchables to begin with. ?

  • Inday Cabactulan Post author

    Humanity makes the greatest inventions even sending people in space, but why is it that we have'nt found the solution yet with these plastic problem? It's not that an alternative material has not been invented yet, but it's the discipline or principle that lacks implementation.

  • Sky Wizard Post author

    Soooo, Illegal weed is more environmentally friendly is what I'm hearing

  • Alecia Sawyers Post author

    Speaker: Why is plastic not good?
    Child: Because Nature can't digest it..

  • ExRatic Post author

    They should do this same thing in japan

  • Sophia Aiello Post author

    As much I love Costco, everything is in plastic. Like literally everything’s in plastic. It’s not even recyclable

  • Misty Dunn Post author

    Plastic forks can be reused. Wash them and use them again and again. A pipe cleaner can clean a plastic straw.

  • Air Canada 001 Post author

    Oh god… Tremendous!

  • Rachel X Post author

    “so this is, i think…. our legal weed”

  • Apple Bryner Post author

    Kinder Bueno: agree (they could just have 2 plastic wraps)
    Weed: disagree (to prevent children from using it)
    Toilet paper: agree (I think it's useless)
    Plastic straws and fork wrapped in plastic: agree (because it's unnecessary due to the waste of time opening it)
    Pepper wrapped in plastic: disagree (because it keeps it fresh)
    Apple wrapped in plastic: agree (it's also unnecessary. You can just make it loose)

  • Currie Biscake Post author

    LOL. WHAT'S the use of saying that when companies think. Ok quality is not compromised. Sanitary is not compromised. Have you guys ever thought of the biohazard waste in laboratories are also NOT Eco Friendly? Think about that. That is a waste of plastic. Wanna argue about that?

  • Balqys Nazri Post author

    things like this i think all around the worldddddd should do it

  • Seth Froman Post author

    Omg, the lil girl at the 9:56 mark. “I won’t buy this anymore”… ok, settle down now, you haven’t bought anything yet, your parents have lol.

  • Panda Mystic Post author

    First #3 Would You Rather Get Something Wrapped In Safe Or Get NoT Wrapped Straws That People Can get their dirty hands on. Same With Lunch Mates It has to be wrapped or people can touch it. But The Last One I can agree with.

  • Izzyland Post author

    YAY now sobeys said that they are going PLASTIC FREE IN 2020!!!!!

  • Shams Queeen Post author


  • 絶望Achelmic Post author

    "stop using plastic" hmm I wonder what they're sitting on and looking with

  • Buddy hirshfield Post author

    They have legal weed and they worried about plastic

  • Louise Hafemeister Post author

    U.S.A. needs to do more/something/ANYTHING about this problem. The EU did something. Why can't we??!?!?

    Oh right our president won't take any environmental issue seriously🙄

  • berna yuh Post author

    They say the percentage of the people who agreed in the poll but did they ever say how many people answered the poll?

  • Hector Buemi Post author

    I wish Unboxed Market was a chain in the UK!

  • B R Post author

    These products are outrageously over packaged!

    buys all of them

  • Gameguy Post author

    10:00 1. You don’t really have money to buy that and 2. What do you think your toys are made out of?

  • Darklord556 Post author

    Subway does have paper straws now

  • Kim Post author

    This is such a cool segment they did! From the lady who was boiling with rage inside to every nominated product, the adorable yet determined kids to end single use plastic, all the way to the environment minister who is also working hard to fix the problem. Well done CBC!

  • QueenSosa 12 Post author

    That kinder bueno have lots of plastic but y’all gotta admit those r bomb

  • Inventory Cash Post author

    Big corporation, Loses 3 consumers

  • J G Post author

    I'm glad kids care about issues like this!

  • ahmet topcuoglu Post author

    I think enough people already know plastic packaging/wrapping is bad. Instead of making videos just complaining maybe take some time and think of something to replace it. It’s harder than you think….

  • Natalia Arenas Guauque Post author

    did they use the weed tho?

  • Warren Matt Post author

    Reallly I think you guys are a little ridiculous and if they didn't put it in plastic and cover it you would say oh my God they just got the food out like that so many germs… some small stuff a package in big package that's a waste those things you guys are showing I don't get it really

  • Kinky Post author

    I used to love CostCo pumpkin pies…then…about 8 years ago they stopped offering them in a cardboard box and changed to styrofoam and plastic, just as we were learning how destructive plastic is to our environment. So, I don't buy it anymore. CostCo really is the worst for overuse of plastic!

  • S0ftware Upd8 Post author

    The other ones were tolerable, but when I saw the pepper, I was like 'come on'

  • MarcOh Post author

    Happy to see I’m not the only one who notices how absurdly big packaging is in stores

  • Travis Quinn Post author

    Save the turtles!!

  • Ray Beam Post author


  • Larry Campbell Post author

    Wow, Canada is so much more concerned about recycling. In the state of Georgia USA, for instance, EVERYTHING goes in the garbage including beer bottles and everything else. A state of 9 million people. And that’s just one state.

  • Mark Herbert Post author

    "I won't buy these anymore, because it's plastic."
    12 hours later
    "Mom, I'm running late can you get me one of those Lunch Mates?"

  • CrippledKrabs Post author

    That woman is annoying

  • Tom Daives Post author

    Those things you get fruit in you can recycle in the UK. Shame on Canada not the company

  • Lizzie Tanner - Glamerliz Post author

    I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to use a straw or fork that wasn't protected like that. Also, the bounty paper towels I totally understand why they package them this way…alot of stores sell individual rolls!!

  • Jackson Cramp Post author

    Looking at you #Tesco….

  • NB XD Post author

    Ksksksks save the tortuls

  • AngelTheVoo Post author

    a kid’s screeching voice is the last thing I want to hear at 2am

    multiple kid’s screeching voices are the last thing I want to hear at 2am

  • Grace Post author

    Those kids give me hope!

  • discopoe Post author

    Omg, you Canadians. Avoid being offended by just not buying it.

  • Nghia Nguyen Post author

    Why does canada even talk about recycling anyway… they dump it to Malaysia, Philippines or any other third world country anyway.

  • Mike Olzak Post author

    Majority of toys are made of plastic. NO MORE TOYS!!!! How's that kiddies?

  • TucTuc Tuc Post author

    Danijela Rakija

  • Chris A Post author

    I don't use plastic straws anymore, I use single use ivory straws. It's a lot more eco friendly.


    Kids are so spectacular 💚💚💚

  • saifuddin sabih Post author

    Who else got a ad of cleaning plastic in the ocean

  • enaibe e Post author

    I actually see nothing wrong with the bounty double wrapped plastic. I rather have it that way

  • HX3 EN/FR Post author

    Bru i don’t agree about the kinder bueno

  • N/A Post author

    how bout instead of wasting money on recyclable things go help the poor and homeless, too much money and time on their hands, smh, far out

  • Blackwood Post author

    In a future society I imagine stores getting food delivered in big, resistant plastic containers which the fabricants take away every month to clean out and refill them. And people have labeled glass containers to go and fill at the store with for example peanuts, cookies, ketchup, sweets, flour, etc. Glass lasts years and even when broken it can be melted down and recycled.

  • Danu Garbarino Post author

    I agree all of this unnecessary packaging is a waste…BUT PAPER WRAPPED TOILET PAPER IS $1 PER ROLL AND I CAN GET 24 ROLLS FOR $10 FROM TARGET THAT'S WRAPPED IN PLASTIC. Not to mention the only store I can get most recyclable packaging or no packaged food is Whole Foods and like most people have money for that. I'm not about to go into debt so I can have low waste products.

  • Zzor Nhs Post author

    you forgot to include Mini So – they have plastic overpackaging!

  • Purple Lime Post author

    “Maybe they were smoking a little to much” I can’t 😂

  • Felt Tim Post author

    The big problem is big companies will not spend more money for better packing. We have hemp plastic that breaks down in 60 days. But the big boys making all he packaging will not switch to this and are un-willing to go out of business. As long as we are a big profit culture nothing will change. Sure we can try not to buy the products but at the end of the day it is cheaper to go to wal-mart then a farms market, I know I cannot afford the high price of the stores that make you bring your bags. I do try not to get bags form the store but it can be hard when they are so expensive. I do at least try to reuse the bags however.

  • Orenda grace Post author

    Those LOL toys are annoying with their 5 layers of plastic and my 7 yr old got tired opening it

  • fadrium Post author

    For bounty plus, here my free consultation if you really care about small business want to sell it separately pack it in paper bag.

  • John Paul Post author

    The reason why perfume at costco is so that poeple cant easily hide it in their backpack

  • Harry Shahrum Post author

    We dont cover our foods anymore

  • Jack Skoskiewicz Post author

    The rolls are in plastic inside of the plastic so it’s easier to store, but yeah

  • Jack Skoskiewicz Post author


  • wolverinefangowings Post author

    Take a shot every time they say plastic.

  • cheska fernandez Post author

    Lol i got a metro ad before this video

  • Shawntay Armstrong Post author

    SAVE THE TURTLES PEOPLE have you never heard of metal straws? are you un-smart?

  • riki rex Post author

    tell your mum to make your lunch…and you eat it without complaining! Those packaged foods are as bad as their wrapping.

  • Mariah Makinen Post author

    Banning plastics isn't the answer. What needs to be done is to reduce/get rid of the single use plastics being made.

  • who what Post author

    No need to stop using plastic just use bio degradable plastic which can be made from plants such as corn.

  • Joan Clayton Johnson Post author

    The food and medical are the worst. They mix plastic with foil or paper and you can't recycle them. They should ban the package if not recycleable. Its all about money, hands down. They are banning bags in our state at stores, and excessively using plastic for food. It ends up filling our landfills.

  • LIAM OSWALD Post author

    So so sick of nothing being done about this

  • Adam Clements Post author

    Plastic is good us

  • David Post author

    Alright, I'm gonna pause the video here. I will not let the type of packaging deter me from buying said product. I'm sorry.

  • Tom Post author

    The Bounty paper towels company says that they wrap the bulk package in plastic for individual sales? Why not put them in a cardboard boxes for bulk sales?

  • simple life Post author

    Funny this popped up in my feed. Earlier today I watched a show on what a lie "recycling" is in Canada. Canadian (and I'm sure American ) plastics are being shipped over seas to places like Mylasia where its ultimately dumped like garbage or burned. Craziness.

  • tae mi Post author

    but let's be real, the reason those plastics are at school is cuz the kids ate from it, also if you're being honest, are you gonna buy certain things anymore if they took the plastic out? there are a lot of other factors to removing or banning plastic, you really can't just make it disappear. For those who think it's that simple, like the kids in the video, it's not, and you need to rethink it. You might think that you would totally do certain things, but you never know until you're actually doing it

  • Debbie Cakes Post author

    i rather have my products wrapped than having someone tapper with or licking the unwrapped product

  • Tobias Bach Post author

    take alook at the candy crap section

  • Jose R Suarez Post author

    Keep smoking the legal weed and eating all that chocolate…lol…!…not me..!

  • davidking3311 Post author

    How about no paper towels at all, wasteful , one time use product.

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