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This Package Isn't Too 'Smart'

May 07, 1997

I beg to differ with the headline "Smart Packages" describing Swanson's new resealable packaging for its chicken broth (Cookstuff, April 2). Swanson's inseparable combination of paper and plastics makes it unrecyclable and is, therefore, a tremendously irresponsible choice of packaging ecologically.

Your article's praise of the package's "convenience" overlooks the fact that at least one readily available means of packaging broth and other liquids, the tin can, is easily recyclable. Storing one's leftover broth in a reusable and recyclable plastic container and recycling the aluminum can it came in is a very simple and responsible routine.

EMILY S. MEYER

Los Angeles

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