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Welcome to the plastic littered world of overpackaging. Overpackaging is a problem which seems to be on the increase at a time when it really should be on the decrease. The UK produces around 400 million tonnes of waste annually, most of which ends up in landfill sites.

This website aims to question the use of excessive packaging firstly by shaming the perpetrators by showing their grossly over-packaged goods and secondly to ask the retailers and manufacturers to explain themselves. Your help is required for this, take a look in your shopping basket and route out the worst offenders, photograph them and send them to us  for the world to see.

Once you have sent us your pictures, we will contact the company responsible and ask them to explain their reasons for packaging the items the way they do.


(Any small donations will be greatly appreciated and will help towards the running costs of this site).

Morrisons Chicken Morrisons Flame-Grilled Chicken Mini Fillets - I’ve come to expect this from supermarkets, those lovely businesses that took over from local butchers and green grocers by offering cheaper products all in once place, the one catch is those products we subject to the pressures of commercialisation to make the products as cheap as possible, shipped around from 4-5 different countries, with […]
Just T shirts Calvin Klein T shirts - OK, so you know when you get a shirt, you either see them on hangers, so you can see then properly, feel the material, get an idea of the fit, and even try them on, OR you get those stupid annoying shirts in packets with all those extra random bits of card, plastic and even […]
Allergan Eye Drops Allergan Eye Drops - Thanks to Candice D’Silva who sent this picture. One small vial of treatment for your eyes, one massive packet for the landfill. You normally get a little plastic bottle in a small box just big enough for it to fit in (which in truth isn’t really essential) but Allergan have gone the whole hog and […]
Quorn Peppered Steak Packaging Quorn Peppered Steaks - When I first slid the cardboard sleeve off I thought this must have been some kind of ‘miss-steak’… (sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun), had they forgotten the other two steaks? Two packed neatly onto one half of the box with a strange fake steak shaped empty space on the other side. Upon further investigation […]
All that just for one little cable... Scan.co.uk cable - I know things need to be protected in the post but this is just stupid. If you squint you might just be able to see a small DisplayPort to VGA cable, that is my order, yep that’s it! When the package arrived at the office I had no idea it would be this cable, I […]

 


The time has come to put a stop to this completely unnecessary waste of resources. Manufacturers and retailer’s main incentive for over packaging their  goods is branding and marketing. Most modern consumers have grown used to this overpackaging and in the case of supermarket fruit and veg actually prefer to buy the more heavily packaged items as they are perceived to be “cleaner” than the unpackaged ones.

Some examples of overpackaging

Badly packaged chewing gum lolly packaging Zyrtec