Monthly Archives: January 2017

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 all sorts of additives and substitutes added to make them cheaper, all the while squeezing their suppliers to the limit to give themselves a bigger profit margin… anyway, that’s another rant, perhaps I should make a website about it, or not. Let’s just talk about packaging for now!

Morrisons have done a fine job presenting this box of air with some free little bits of chicken as a little bonus to all that air you just bought. I appreciate meat isn’t easy to package without being wasteful (well you could always just buy it without the packets from your local butcher right?), but is it really necessary to make the plastic bigger to con your customers into thinking there is more chicken there? I know Morrisons love to confuse customers with confusing prices but should they really do it at a cost to the environment? JUST HAVE A SMALLER PACKET! You know, one to match the actual size of the product. It can’t even be good for the product to be rattling around in a larger container¬† anyway.

Oh and the fact the plastic is black doesn’t help with recycling, it makes it hard for optical sorting systems to correctly identify it. I will ask Morrisons though as I’m a fair person :-)

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 metal clips to ensure the shirt is folded up to look nice while it’s IN A PACKET. Well you know what, Calvin Klein wanted to take this concept even further as they are a company who likes to be on the edge, always pushing the boundaries of innovation so they thought it would be a great idea to introduce this overpackaged shirt concept to T shirts as well. It’s worked out really well, managing to put the t shirts into a plastic box, with a plastic bag, plastic clips and some cardboard.

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 packaged their eyedrops up a nice big plastic box for it to rattle around in, complete with a foil tear off lid and a nice big bit of plastic for an extra lid. Then of course you need to put this into another box just for the craic.