Q5.(a) Collect different kinds of packaging material. What was the purpose for which each one was used? Discuss in groups.
Answer: We collected different kinds of packing material such as:
Paperboard Boxes: Paperboard is a paper-based, lightweight material to create custom shapes and structures to use in personalized packagings such as sweets, juices, milk, and cereal products. It comes in several grades.
Cardboard Boxes: Most products are packed in these boxes and delivered. Products are firstly wrapped in another type of packaging such as bubble wrap or foam, after that they are finally packed in cardboard boxes.
Plastic boxes: The most common packaging method in industries is plastic used for clothes storage, accessory boxes to store scarves, gloves, hats, chunky jewelry, and hosiery and we can also use it as heavy-duty plastic containers in our garage.
Polybags: These are flexible, thin, plastic film fabric that can carry a wide range of products including food items, waste, chemicals, magazines, flowers, sweets, and so on. These are durable yet lightweight, reusable, and flexible fully customized in design, style & sizes but still remain cost-effective.
Foil: Aluminium foil is used to wrap up food materials because it keeps the food warm without reacting with food. It also prevents the growth of fungi and other bacteria. Foil sealed bags are used to pack nuts, cereals, smoked fish, cheese, and cured meats are also to prevent spoilage.
Glass: Glass jars and bottles are used to store jams, honey, alcoholic beverages and food items such as pickles and peppers.
Foam: Foam is used for a variety of household items like furniture, TVs, glass, etc. to hold them compact. Cardboard is normally used after encasing the product.
Wooden Box: These are used in hardware boxes, fruit boxes etc.
Jute Bag: These are used in vegetable bags, shopping bags etc.
(b) Give an example in which packaging could have been reduced.
Answer: Packaging of toys, clothes, shoes, or any tough and strong product which can’t be damaged in open can be reduced. For example, vegetables can be washed, so there is no need to pack them. We can use cloth bags, jute bags to reduce unnecessary packaging.
(c) Write a story on how packaging increases the amount of garbage.
Answer: Packing is used to protect the product from tampering. It maintains the product’s freshness and purity. But, the unnecessary packaging increases the amount of garbage such as dustbins that are full of biscuit and chips wrappers, shopping bags made up of plastics, etc. A large number of packaging material goes waste, and it was thrown into the dustbin.