Too much packaging earns waste 'honors'

November 18, 1992

Nine lunch products have been "honored" with wastemaker awards given yearly by several environmental groups -- U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Clean Water Action and Environmental Action -- to recognize what they call excessive and wasteful packaging:

Kool-Aid Kool Bursts, Chef Boyardee Microwave Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cambpell's Microwave Soup, Oscar Mayer's Lunchables, Jell-O Gelatin Snacks, Starkist Tuna Lunch Kit, McCain Junior Juice, Frito-Lay "Kid-Size" Variety Pack and Cup O' Noodles.

Manufacturers disagreed. General Foods, maker of the Jell-O and Kool-Aid, for instance, said the company considers the environment -- as well as other needs of the consumer such as convenience, taste and food safety.

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