Category Archives: Electricals & Gadgets

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 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…

You could drop that out of a plane and it would survive!

You could drop that out of a plane and it would survive!

Oral B toothbrush heads

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 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.

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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 scissors but still struggled to get the thing apart and had a random bit of plastic fly off and hit me in the face, fortunately not quite in the eye. I remember a few years ago I bought a similar toothbrush and it was in a cardboard box with a cardboard insert to keep it in place. There was less of this cardboard and being cardboard it was recyclable and a hell of a lot easier to get into. O and by the way I’m a fit and able bodied 34 year old who goes to the gym regularly, so if I couldn’t get into it I’m not sure how an older person or someone with any physical handicap could stand a chance…