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Consumers seek Chuseok gift sets with less plastic packaging

소비자들, 플라스틱 포장재가 적은 추석 선물 원해

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Consumers choose Chuseok gift sets from the shelves via a brochure at NH Hanaro Mart's Yangjae outlet in southern Seoul, Sept. 2. Yonhap
Consumers choose Chuseok gift sets from the shelves via a brochure at NH Hanaro Mart's Yangjae outlet in southern Seoul, Sept. 2. Yonhap


Companies beginning to adopt more recyclable packaging
기업들, 재활용 가능한 포장재 사용 시작

Kim Ji-seon, 28, said that she feels guilty whenever she sees the huge amount of packaging materials in the gift sets that she receives for the two biggest holidays here, Chuseok and the Lunar New Year.
김지선 씨(28)는 한국 최대 명절인 추석과 설날에 받는 선물 세트의 엄청난 양의 포장재를 볼 때마다 죄책감을 느낀다고 말했다.


Almost all of the packaging is plastic, while some of it is made of several different materials combined together, so that she can't even separate them into recyclable categories.
거의 모든 포장재가 플라스틱이지만 일부 포장재는 다른 재료들이 함께 섞여 있기 때문에 이를 재활용품 범주로 분리할 수 없다.


"I always thought the plastic packaging in these sets was bigger than the gifts themselves," she said.
김 씨는 "언제나 선물 그 자체보다 플라스틱 포장이 더 크다고 생각했다"고 말했다.


Kim is not the only consumer who feels uncomfortable with the plastic waste they have to dump when receiving holiday gift sets.
선물 세트를 받고 플라스틱 쓰레기를 버려야 하는 것에 불편함을 느끼는 소비자는 김 씨만이 아니다.


Such growing consumer demands for eco-friendly options have been leading to the reduction of plastic packaging in holiday gift sets here.
이처럼 친환경 포장재를 향한 소비자들의 요구가 증가하면서 국내 명절 선물 세트에 플라스틱이 줄어들었다.


Ahn Seong-jin sjahn@koreatimes.co.kr


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