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The idea of brand name social responsibility

Manufacturers have the right to deliver their goods to market. In all cases, it involves packaging.

I pick up a fair amount of that mishandled packaging.

What is the social responsibility of Subway, Burger King, Spring, Coors Lite and 5 Hour Energy when it comes to packaging? I don't know the answer, but it gets old picking up their packaging day after day.

What is the social responsibility of Subway, Burger King, Sprite, Coors Lite and 5 Hour Energy when it comes to packaging? I don’t know the answer, but it gets old picking up their packaging day after day.

That’s code for improper disposal. No doubt companies – McDonalds with its straws, Burger King and Subway with their cups, Budweiser and Miller Lite and Pepsi and Coca Cola with reduced metal in their cans – cut back on packaging material where and when they can, in part for cost reasons, and, hopefully, in part for environmental reasons.

My only gripe would be the non-recyclables: styrofoam, notably and plastics where paper might do. I have no answers. But we’ll work on it and push where we can for recyclables in all instances.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

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