It’s a move that brings to mind the furore over the decision by Mars to change the name of their flagship peanut/chocolate/caramel snack fest from Marathon to Snickers.
Or perhaps it’s more akin to the move by Nestle to change the Kit Kat’s much loved paper and foil jacket to a shiny plastic wrapper. Or even the change in Smarties packaging from a round tube to a funky hexagonal one.
Anyway, regardless of the most appropriate comparison, the big news is that the company that makes Sherbert Fountains (Tangerine Confectionery) have switched packaging from the paper/cardboard combo to a piece of resealable plastic. It’s reported in more detail here.
It’s a bold, if not entirely shocking move. Most manufacturers try to improve their packaging at one time or another. The issue that concerns me is waste. Is the plastic of a type that can be recycled in domestic recycling services? The paper and cardboard could be recycled or even composted (although it’s unlikely they all were) so there could be an increase in non-recycled waste as a result of the switch.
I suppose, if it is resealable, there’s less chance of the whole thing being wasted as a result of it going off. I can remember quite a few experiences with Sherbert Fountains where the sherbert resembled a sugar lump, having clearly suffered during it’s time on the shelf. I also remember having my shoes covered with sherbert when the paper/cardboard ripped suddenly during the unpacking process. So it’s swings and roundabouts.
Judging by the press coverage it might not be long before we get the old packaging back anyway. If you want to avoid the packaging altogether then why not try Zero Waste sherbert.