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.
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 it did indeed say it was two steaks on the packet but for some reason Quorn thought it would be better to make packaging literally twice the necessary size.
The strange thing with this is that I’d reckon a higher percentage of vegans/vegetarian (I don’t think this is actually vegan) would be bothered about wasteful packaging. Eating less meat could potentially reduce emissions, I’m not trying to tell you not to eat meat or anything, just that this is the reason or one of the reasons people choose not to eat meat so maybe, just maybe they care about the environment and don’t want to have twice the amount of plastic packaging needed. Is this just a ploy to make the product look more attractive and bigger??
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) are challenging you to give up plastic this month, with the plastic challenge! How long can you go? A day, a week or a month?? It may be harder than you think, going completely plastic free can be a real challenge with the amount of products that contain plastic and come in plastic packaging. It is possible, just have a look at Treading My Own Path for some inspiration on how to de-clutter your life and really go plastic free!
Plastic takes a long, long time to go away, and doesn’t truly degrade, at best it just breaks down into smaller particles but this in itself may be even worse. Up to 20 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every single year, sealife such as dolphins, seals, turtles and orca will eat plastic mistaking it for real food. Really nasty toxins can stick to plastics and end up being consumed by fish, thus entering it into the food chain, these fish can end up being eaten by other fish, even polar bears. But it doesn’t end there, microplastics have been found in mussels, oyster and sea scallops, you can guess where they could end up after that if you eat seafood… yep, you and me. So that plastic wrapping you chucked away from your fancy electric toothbrush ended up in the sea, was eaten marine life, passed through some fish, maybe some birds and perhaps those tasty mussels you tucked into the other night, so yep it finally can end up in you.
This website certainly isn’t going to change the world but I’d like to try and make more people aware of this, plastic is a new invention (before you say it’s been around for over 100 years, yes that IS new, the Earth is 4 billion years old) yet the world is quickly filling up with it. If you don’t believe me take a look around you, you’ll see it everywhere, if you are reading this on a phone or tablet it’s in your hands now, or if you are on a computer just look at your mouse, keyboard, screen. It’s on you right now, your clothes probably contain it and will most likely have been packaged in it. Whilst it has been a very useful invention it has been too successful or it’s own good, the ability to make anything in any shape with plastic has opened up so many possibilities but it has come at a price with is only going to get worse. The problem now is nothing really compared to what it will be like in 100 years if we don’t change our ways, it’s not like we can just blast it off into space (hang on a minute, maybe… no that’s a terrible idea!).
You can register for the challenge here: Plastic challenge | Marine Conservation Society
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 only ordered the day before so all credit for quick delivery but zero credit for wasteful packaging. The tiny (and fairly durable might I add) came in a little plastic bag, wrapped in a crazy amount of bubble wrap, with a plastic outside packet. I could probably drop the cable from a two-storey house onto concrete and it would still work. Perhaps give it a little bit of padding but not all this. I wonder how much money Scan could save if they didn’t package their parcels like this, bubble wrap isn’t cheap when you send out thousands of parcels so they are only shooting themselves in the foot. I will reuse the bubble wrap but in the end it will eventually just end up in the bin, or the sea…
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 plastic covering, which houses the two toothbrush heads, each individually wrapped in plastic! This is totally pointless as they are already sealed in the outer layer of plastic.
If you want to see a better alternative, granted it’s not electric and won’t vibrate your head off like the Oral B will but it is much more environmentally friendly, check out the Environmental Brush.
Well hello and thank you for coming to Overpackaging. I’ve recently relaunched this site after building it many years ago and eventually not having the time to update it. I’d seen some pretty bad examples of wasteful packaging recently so I thought it would be getting the site back online and letting people add their pictures to name and shame poor environmentally unfriendly packaging.
So the new site has a nice and easy upload page where you can pop your pictures in and leave a little description of what it is and where it came from. I’ll get in contact with the offenders if it is particularly bad and share their response on here, you have to give them a chance right?
I came across this image on the Treading My Own Path Facebook page which kind of sums up what I want to see stopped with this site.
I mean seriously, peeling fruit then putting it in plastic?? It won’t keep for anywhere near as long as if it was just left as is. Illustrates perfectly how people have been brainwashed into thinking just because something has plastic around it means it’s ‘clean’
And the coke cans…
Anyway I hope you enjoy the site and make sure you send your pictures in!