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.
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.
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.
Some examples of overpackaging
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 […] Oral B toothbrush replacement heads - To follow on from a previous post featuring the Oral B electric toothbrush,It seems that’s not all they want to cover in unnecessary plastic. I bought two replacement heads, at a not so reasonable £9.99, but I suppose someone has to pay for all that plastic. So I get one large bit of card, with […] Oral B electric toothbrush - I bought a shiny new Braun Oral B electric toothbrush however I think I was supposed to also buy a Braun Chainsaw to get through the plastic packaging! I’ve seen more plastic used on items than this before but but it’s still so unnecessary and unnecessarily hard to open. I cut the plastic with some […] Amazon - Not so Nano packaging Perhaps Amazon didn’t anticipate how small the new iPod Nano would be, or perhaps they just wanted to get half of the Amazon rainforest sent with it, who knows. Air Wick - Now after choking on your Air Wick air ‘freshener’ you can help clog up the landfills! Unnecessary cardboard inserts and even plastic ones thrown in for good measure.