Letter: In Brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Roger Withers (letter, 5 July) criticises superfluous packaging. I recently bought some computer software and found the commodity-to-packing ratio ludicrous. It seems that an absurd situation has arisen because items such as CDs would otherwise look unimpressive in relation to their cost. Such packages commonly waste more than 90 per cent of space, which is transported, warehoused and handled many times and then sold at an exorbitant price, while adding grossly to waste-disposal problems.

R G PUNTER

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Sir: The world did end on 4 July, as prophesied by Nostradamus; but it was restarted immediately. Bet you didn't even notice.

FABIAN ACKER

London SE22

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