Advice issued over excessive packaging

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TRADING Standards is advising people to spare a thought for the environment by looking at how much extra packaging is used for online purchases this Christmas.

While a certain amount of packaging is necessary to protect products during transport, there are laws which aim to limit the excessive use of packaging.

Officers at Hampshire County Council said some companies use small items in large boxes with the excess space filled with paper or air-filled bags as packing material or extra unnecessary plastic and polystyrene.

The laws are in place to reduce waste and transport costs and stop excess waste going to landfill.

If anyone spots a product this Christmas which seems to use more than its fair share of packaging, call the Citizen’s Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or email