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They are bad for the environment, and now Waitrose and John Lewis have announced they have banned plastic toys in Christmas crackers

I think I might miss the fun of pulling one, and perhaps the silly jokes, but I can leave the rest of the Xmas cracker experience

hspexy
4 months ago
What do you think of this?
ACR
ACR4 months ago

I'm not a fan of banning things. Although, the plastic toys do tend to end up in the bin. You could always replace it with a small chocolate bar or some sweets ๐Ÿฌ

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
4 months ago

Thatโ€™s a nice idea, a sweet treat in the crackers. I would buy crackers with food in them

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gaelle0501
gaelle05014 months ago

It makes sense to replace plastic tat that ends up in the bin. I agree with replacing it with toffee or chocolate ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Ceebers
Ceebers
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4 months ago

I only buy them out of tradition. Not sure I will bother this year. It's all a bit daft really... Xx

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tumblespots
tumblespots4 months ago

I don't think that you should keep on banning things, there is far too much government regulation already.

People can be sensible if alternative suggestions are made and enjoyed such as putting trial size / free samples of hand lotion, perfume etc inside crackers - especially if you make your own crackers. Even a rolled up lottery ticket/scratch card - it could be a nice win for the receiver! (Of course children would need something other than a lottery ticket) Imagination is the key.

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Ceebers
Ceebers
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4 months ago

I always buy them and we marvel at how rubbish they are. I really should make my own if I could muster the time and energy!!! Xx

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tumblespots
tumblespots4 months ago

Ceebers That's it, time is needed and it is always in such short supply when Christmas is approaching. ๐Ÿž

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
4 months ago

Ah yes thatโ€™s a great idea! I do t think Iโ€™ve made a homemade cracker since I was a kid, so itโ€™s definitely the kind of thing I ought to try out again. thanks ๐Ÿ™

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Rockman
Rockman4 months ago

"Environment"

Well, not profitable enough, ya mean.

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chelseastevens1
chelseastevens14 months ago

No

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Pjran
Pjran4 months ago

Yes about time too, they should stop filling crackers with rubbish plastic toys. I tend to buy more expensive ones so at least the item might be worth keeping. Iโ€™m still using nail clippers from a Christmas cracker I pulled years ago and a keyring.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
4 months ago

Thatโ€™s true. I recall seeing some really premium crackers in fortnum and mason being reduced to a fraction of its original price, and the gifts inside were indeed worth the reduced price tag. I still never bought them as I think theyโ€™re still too expensive lol

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF19784 months ago

It's a good idea to reduce the amount of useless plastic but they could just change what the put in them. Or sell eco friendly kits to make your own. I don't like outright banning of things with no good reason.

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angemski
angemski4 months ago

Totally agree. I fill them each year with relevant gifts and the recipients are really surprised to get something other than an oversized paperclip.

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Janhrrs
Janhrrs4 months ago

I don't agree with banning them as I think we are getting far too many bans and choices made for us. Replace the plastic with sweets by all means but I do think the kids love the little bits of tat at Christmas,lol

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hspexy
hspexy
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4 months ago

Lol Iโ€™m sure itโ€™s not just the kids who love the tat - us big kids also love it. I guess it brings back nostalgia, good memories ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Janhrrs
Janhrrs4 months ago

Haha hspexy you've got me there ๐Ÿ˜‚

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees4 months ago

The plastic toys are rubbish anyway, so no loss there. I don't think banning crackers is a good idea though - just put better (or more environmentally friendly) stuff in them!

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Dilligaf
Dilligaf4 months ago

How will people survive Christmas without a plastic moustache or a fortune telling fish? Loads of places sell cracker kits now and are often cheaper than the value ones, plus you can tailor it to yours and your families needs, don't make the mistake we have done in the past though, put in mini bottles of spirits and then get to enthusiastic with your pull and end up having the house smell of gin for weeks from the smashed bottle

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Lynibis
Lynibis4 months ago

The trouble with banning anything is that it immediately becomes more desirable. Hence the rise of the black market. Someone somewhere will supply the need.

However, it would be good if manufacturers did not use any plastic in them.

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Rockman
Rockman4 months ago

Tell China to stop using plastic and see how that goes. ๐Ÿ˜†

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ptenn00
ptenn004 months ago

The manufacturers just need to change the materials they use so that it is not as bad. Everything we do impacts something and someone, so at least the retailers are taking things into consideration

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi4 months ago

I always thought it would be great filled with sweets...

I think wrapping papers are bigger problems for the environment, but I believe not the customer should be punished with taxes when the companies make the same bad things and give u no option or the better option is much more expensive than the other one.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper904 months ago

Am I the only person who doesn't see a problem with plastic?

Sure, it isn't exactly good for the environment yada yada... but I think the problem lies with people not being bothered to reuse it or recycle it. Plastic itself is very versatile and is convenient. Again, the problem lies with people.

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