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Thunder766

Hello everyone, this is not a usual post, but rather an important one. I don’t know if you have ever come across the product Smoodh by Parle Agro. This is solely regarding the product packaging problem and not the quality of the actual product.

I had sent a email to them, which will help you understand the problem better. I have been unsuccessful in seeking attention from them even after repetitive reminders.

The email exactly says,
Dear Sir/Madam,

I recently tried your new product line ’Smoodh’. I was utterly disappointed with the packaging and portion size of the Rs. 10, 85ml pack. I suppose this is the only portion size available currently. The product was good, infact I had to take another pack just because the portion size was way too less, leading to more waste.

Moreover I was even more disappointed to see that you were giving away plastic straws with every pack, considering how deadly they are to aquatic animals. With less portion sizes, this will lead to consuming more packs than usual for a individual, which comes accompanied with a not required plastic straw, which will lead to more wastage than even intended.

I request you to either increase portion size(by also increasing price accordingly) or even better, provide a recyclable paper straw with every pack.

Being a big MNC like you, you set certain examples to other people/companies which later influence their decision, so please try to set a good example for others to follow.

I hope together we can do what we can for our mother Earth, and support environmentally sustainable packaging. Hoping you would understand what I am trying to convey here and do what needs to be done as soon as possible.

Thanking you for helping our mother Earth.

[My Name]

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https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/766039/medium/IMG_20220508_185814.jpg?1652016939


As they are pushing the product to the fullest via marketing from past few months, it has started to fear me for our near future.

This problem is really serious and I need your help getting the message out to them. Thank you.

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Good effort, amazon also take feedback regarding excessive packaging(there is an option for that in their delivery feedback).

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Generally such products have 2 variants: a small one (tetrapack) costing 10rs and a bigger one (mostly glass bottle) costing 20/25. Also note that glass bottles are more environmental friends from what I am of aware as they are recyclable and don’t need a plastic straw.

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If anyone needs a tweet template, here’s one tagging Parle Agro, Smoodh, Varun Dhawan and Ministry of Environment.

Every pack of Smoodh(₹10, 85ml) by Parle Agro comes with a plastic straw. The portion size is too less, leading to another pack consumption which comes with another unwanted plastic straw. Stop this practice.
@ Parle_Agro @ smoodhdairy @ Varun_dvn @ moefcc
#SmoodhGoGreen

Don’t forget to remove spaces after ‘@’ before tweeting.

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Thunder766 wrote:

If anyone needs a tweet template, here’s one tagging Parle Agro, Smoodh, Varun Dhawan and Ministry of Environment.

Every pack of Smoodh(₹10, 85ml) by Parle Agro comes with a plastic straw. The portion size is too less, leading to another pack consumption which comes with another unwanted plastic straw. Stop this practice.
@ Parle_Agro @ smoodhdairy @ Varun_dvn @ moefcc
#SmoodhGoGreen

Don’t forget to remove spaces after ‘@’ before tweeting.

Good intiative but what about frooto 10rs packs coming since long?

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AJ89 wrote:

Good intiative but what about frooto 10rs packs coming since long?

Yeah that needs to change as well, it is also made by Parle Agro. The thing with Smoodh is that it’s just not enough, and I have seen many people tempting to buy another one or few more just after consuming one already. Smoodh’s straws are also tinier, which is more hazardous.

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Thunder766 wrote:

If anyone needs a tweet template, here’s one tagging Parle Agro, Smoodh, Varun Dhawan and Ministry of Environment.

Every pack of Smoodh(₹10, 85ml) by Parle Agro comes with a plastic straw. The portion size is too less, leading to another pack consumption which comes with another unwanted plastic straw. Stop this practice.
@ Parle_Agro @ smoodhdairy @ Varun_dvn @ moefcc
#SmoodhGoGreen

Don’t forget to remove spaces after ‘@’ before tweeting.

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Added to all groups I am owner/co-owner of, for max. reach 👍🏻

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Bhaiya this is a general but very concerning issue across products by all bramds in respective categories  dumped in market .
Your effort towards it is appreciable , but if someone knows the know how should tag this things upto the concern authorities and ministry .
Unnecessary packaging
Small packaging ,
Odd weight size packaging etc should be definitely worked out.

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Common-man wrote:

Bhaiya this is a general but very concerning issue across products by all bramds in respective categories  dumped in market .
Your effort towards it is appreciable , but if someone knows the know how should tag this things upto the concern authorities and ministry .
Unnecessary packaging
Small packaging ,
Odd weight size packaging etc should be definitely worked out.

There seems to be a ‘Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’ option under Central Government complaints on PGPortal. I don’t know about it’s efficiency though.

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Thunder766 wrote:

There seems to be a ‘Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’ option under Central Government complaints on PGPortal. I don’t know about it’s efficiency though.

Thats what i said one has to have know how on how it works and  voice / concern reach the right place  for action.

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Is the taste better than Amul kool?

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Every tetra pack provide straws, we can’t drink without these straws so I don think companies have any other choice 

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We need to push this, everyone needs to tweet and retweet this and tag all the environmental related agencies

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nikniknik wrote:

Every tetra pack provide straws, we can’t drink without these straws so I don think companies have any other choice 

This is not regarding the straws, it is regarding the plastic straws. Straws are required but it can be of recyclable paper, like other brands such as Nescafe does. It is regarding the small portion sizes, which leads to twice the waste.

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hpgramani wrote:

Is the taste better than Amul kool?

That is subjective. This thread is not regarding that, but the impact on the environment. Small portion sizes, excessive plastic straws, which will lead to twice the waste, it is all about that.

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They should have increased product size.. 85ml is too small. I even tried Smoodh.. Loved the taste. Also they should have provided eco friendly straws. Or some alternative packaging where we can tear at the top of packaging where they should provide a dotted cutting feature so that we can drink directly without using any straw
Then they can eliminate straw completely

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Which flavour of smoodh would u guys recommend , i have wanted to try it for quite some time now.

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Tanmayyy wrote:

Which flavour of smoodh would u guys recommend , i have wanted to try it for quite some time now.

Coffee frappe and toffee caramel.. both are really good

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gpsuraj wrote:

Coffee frappe and toffee caramel.. both are really good

Is it not available online? Tried finding it on instamart blinkit zepto etc but couldn’t

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Tanmayyy wrote:

Is it not available online? Tried finding it on instamart blinkit zepto etc but couldn’t

I bought it in reliance Mart store in our city Vijayawada

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There’s a directive already in this regard from the government, all companies will need to stop giving plastic straws from July this year… no action needed by anyone, it’s going to happen.

https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/amul-da...

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Where to send this email and do you mind if i send the exact same thing with my email ?

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a1992 wrote:

There’s a directive already in this regard from the government, all companies will need to stop giving plastic straws from July this year… no action needed by anyone, it’s going to happen.

https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/amul-da...

That deadline can easily be delayed by the influence from the industry. 

And it’s not just about straws, what about the small portion sizes that leads to twice the consumption, and more waste generation. Tetra packs are not fully recyclable. Even paper straws will be given in plastic wrappers, so twice the wrappers. 


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MR_BEAST wrote:

Where to send this email and do you mind if i send the exact same thing with my email ?

The company’s emails are

consumercell[at]parleagro[dot]com

info[at]parleagro[dot]com

I don’t mind you using it, you could also edit it as per your likings. 


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Thunder766 wrote:

That deadline can easily be delayed by the influence from the industry. 

And it’s not just about straws, what about the small portion sizes that leads to twice the consumption, and more waste generation. Tetra packs are not fully recyclable. Even paper straws will be given in plastic wrappers, so twice the wrappers. 


If you read the article, you will know that the request from the industry to delay the deadline has been refused.
Dont expect paper straws in the small and cheap products, they will more likely come with the flap opener if you remember from your childhood days. The paper straws are still very expensive and will destroy their margins.
Portion size, please dont think that the companies are manufacturing products just for the middle class consumers who can pay higher prices. These products are made keeping the masses in mind which is a very price sensitive market… please dont think i am against reducing plastic waste, Im just saying there are far bigger contributors to plastic than one product from one company. E.g. what about all the chocolate and candy sold in the 50 paise and 1 re packaging which are all wrapped in tiny plastic and millions of which are sold everyday 😃😵

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a1992 wrote:

If you read the article, you will know that the request from the industry to delay the deadline has been refused.
Dont expect paper straws in the small and cheap products, they will more likely come with the flap opener if you remember from your childhood days. The paper straws are still very expensive and will destroy their margins.
Portion size, please dont think that the companies are manufacturing products just for the middle class consumers who can pay higher prices. These products are made keeping the masses in mind which is a very price sensitive market… please dont think i am against reducing plastic waste, Im just saying there are far bigger contributors to plastic than one product from one company. E.g. what about all the chocolate and candy sold in the 50 paise and 1 re packaging which are all wrapped in tiny plastic and millions of which are sold everyday 😃😵

You have got a point. I agree that we can not remove all the single use plastics from processing as no good alternative exists yet for all use cases. But we sure can minimize it right?

This post is regarding the small portion sizes of the product leading to excessive waste than even intended. So in that context I mentioned about the plastic wrappers, as it will cost the environment twice or more as much at a time. Which could be easily avoided.

A wonderful explanation by Kurzgesagt tells us that even cotton bags are not a good option. I will recommend everyone to watch it.


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