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Companies move away from plastic packaging

(NBC) - Consumers may be getting one break due to high oil prices - easier to open packaging.

Companies are changing the way they package their products due to the rise of the cost of petroleum-based plastics.

Old-fashioned cardboard is making a comeback on the aisles of many stores, a welcome break both for the environment and consumers.

While costs may be driving the change, some of the nation's largest retailers are quick to point out the environmental benefit of doing away with plastics.

Walmart has pledged to reduce its packaging by five5 percent by 2013.

Target is also calling on suppliers to reduce packaging and cut the use of plastics.

At Home Depot, several tool makers are doing away with the clamshell and moving to paperboard packaging.

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