The Afterlives of Packages

For decades packages have been designed to handle the many challenges of production, distribution, and display, all to achieve the ultimate goal of selling the packaged product to a consumer.

But what happens to a package after it has been purchased and its contents consumed?

Manufacturers and consumers have dealt with “used” packages in many different ways, often in relation to changing economic circumstances and social values. Most of the time, consumers know what to do with "empties," but sometimes manufacturers have had to suggest a second use or new disposal technique for the package. Regardless, consumers often use empty packages in ways manufacturers never intended.

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