The impact of plastics on the environment

JoAnn DeVries (Reference/bibliographer, St. Paul Campus Central Library, University of Minnesota.)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 1 March 1991


In 1987, Campbell Soup Company introduced the Souper Combo, a line of frozen soup and sandwiches. Melvin Druin, vice‐president for packaging, called it “the perfect combination of old‐fashioned good taste and today's convenience. No mess. No fuss. Easy to use. All you have to do is clean your spoon. Everything else just throw away.” Unfortunately, the multi‐layered plastic‐coated packaging does not just disappear when thrown away. Plastics packaging, particularly from convenience products, has become a waste disposal nightmare. Garbage, an environmental magazine, gave the Souper Combo an “in the dumpster” award, saying, “It's precisely the kind of product that's created the municipal landfill monster.”


DeVries, J. (1991), "The impact of plastics on the environment", Reference Services Review, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 79-96.

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