Korea is a tiny country with a huge garbage problem despite having implemented a mandatory recycling initiative. Garbage must be thrown away using authorized bags which can be purchased in convenience stores and some supermarkets. With such a large population and not much room for disposal of trash I find Korean’s affinity for excess packaging strange.
Several times a week I stop, bewildered at some package prepared like Russian nesting dolls or some unnecessary packaging. Bananas come sat on a styrofoam tray and wrapped in cellophane.
You open a box of crackers to find a plastic tray wrapped in plastic, which contains individually packaged single servings. A while back I asked for soy sauce when I ordered kimbap. This is what I received.
Beef jerky comes with a little plastic tray in the bag like this.
Can anyone explain this wastefulness and redundancy in packaging?