Hard Plastic Clamshell Packaging Special Instructions Clear plastic clamshell packaging is typically #1 PET or #6 PS plastic. If it’s labeled #1 PET, it can go in the recycling cart. Plastic packaging labeled #6 PS goes in the landfill cart. Ways to Reduce Reusable Packaging For Businesses Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether. Did You Know? There’s a Name for Your Packaging-Induced Frustration You know that aggravated and annoyed feeling you get from trying to open clamshell packaging? This feeling is called “wrap rage“, and it comes up again and again for people injured by this packaging. Each year, about 6,000 people visit the emergency room with injuries and puncture wounds caused by hard plastic clamshells. Retailers are Trying to Do Away With Clamshells Good news: many retailers are working on eco-friendly and pain-free solutions to plastic clamshell packaging. Home Depot has begun packaging its Husky tools in paperboard, while Target has eliminated plastic packaging from some lightbulbs and socks. Amazon even kicked off a “frustration-free packaging” initiative in 2008 that was aimed at developing more eco-friendly practices.