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Commercial over-packaging may be banned

A fancy, heavily decorated box containing only a few cookies may soon become illegal as Shanghai is readying a local law to curb superfluous packaging to save energy and protect consumers.

Many consumers have noted that luxurious packaging often results in over-pricing, especially for food and beverage goods. That in turn has increased locals' awareness of the wasting of paper and unnecessary energy consumption that go into such products.

A local law to curb lavish, unnecessary packaging is scheduled to be stipulated this year. Producers packing goods with too many layers of materials, oversized boxes and misleading manners will be banned by the new law. The misleading styles refer to those that will cause consumers to misjudge the amount of goods contained.

The law will set up detailed packaging standards based on the goods categories, legislators said.


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