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Making it easier to open that #!&ing package

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  • Frustrating, 'hard-to-open' plastic clamshell packaging being phased out
  • Retailers like Amazon and Walmart respond to consumer complaints
Editor's Note: Jennifer Westhoven covers money and consumer issues for HLN.
 
Wal-Mart is joining forces with Amazon.com to fight "wrap rage" -- you know, the infuriating packaging you practically need a chainsaw to open.
 
Bloomberg News says the two retail giants are putting pressure on manufacturers to simplify packaging, not just to make it easier to open, but also for financial and environmental reasons.
 
Less packaging means companies can fit more products in their trucks. Fewer trucks means less pollution. It also means less packaging goes into landfills.
 
Under Amazon.com's "Frustration-Free Packaging" program, many of products you buy from them will arrive with much less cardboard, clamshell casings, twist-ties and other packaging than if you bought the same product in a brick-and-mortar store.
 
Walmart says that by 2013, it plans to reduce packaging by 5% compared to 2008 levels.

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