You know this material

You know this material Shiny

We’ve all seen it, be it in candy or chocolate bars, on cookie or peanut bars, in the packaging of spices and lots of other edibles’.

Trash can

I’ts pretty. You can print on it and yet, the cromed, aluminium side personally gives me the sensation that my food was safe in there.

Damn hard 2 recycle

This kind of packaging may be even more damaging that those made of pure plastic or pure aluminium.




The special machinery for separating this matterial en masse is really uncommon as it is not cheap. Furthermore, the material saved and the revenue generated by the sub-milimmiter thin foils is so little that it is considered that it’s reciclying is done to a loss. This is why the luxury of beign able to recycle this material is only possible in countries like the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.

It is ironic how we can import products wrapped in plastic foil but don’t have the machinery necessary to deal with them after the fact. It makes me think about how the trash leaves somewhere in form of a product and reaches somewhere to stay in form of unrecyclable trash.

Plastic foil

As a designer, the responsibility of creating and/or using new and more eco-friendly materials lies in my profession. As a child, I loved this material because it signaled that it was time for eating that tasty candy inside of the package. I also loved the combination of color and chrome. However, by researching this, I have found out the things that are wrong with it and will be avoiding it in the future, both as a designer and as a consumer.