Why are the plastic containers for vitamins and supplements so big?


What are you doing to tackle plastic packaging waste?

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Tell vitamins and supplements manufacturers to change their packaging.

Plastic containers for vitamins and supplements contribute to pollution and environmental degradation. Instead of using glass packaging, most producers of vitamins and supplements use plastic containers. They put 30-45 tablets into a container designed to hold 120. It could be they are doing this to justify the high price. They want to reassure the customer that the price is right. Although a customer is getting 30 or 45 tablets, the large container makes it look she is getting more.

We must reduce plastic waste to tackle plastic pollution. Sustainable shopping cannot happen for as long as the producers engage in psychological games with their customers to sell more of their product. Glass bottles are heavier but they do not pollute our environment.

I do not have data for vitamin and supplements packaging (I wonder if it exists) but bottled water alone produces 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. We don’t need more plastic.

Below is Lutenin by Nature’s Bounty - 45 gels packed into a plastic container that can easily hold 3 - 4 times more.


I also went to Whole Foods store to see their packaging. Whole Foods has its own line of vitamins and supplements. They are guilty of putting fewer tablets into larger plastic containers like everyone else in this industry.

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What we can do

Take Action - Demand that the producers of vitamin and supplements fill the containers to the top.

But frankly, you should stop buying vitamins and supplements packaged in plastic. Use products that are packaged in glass.

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Dazzles in Green is an educator, journalist, environmentalist, vegetarian and avid cyclist. She holds a master's degree in anthropology and a Juris Doctor in intellectual property.

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