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.
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…
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.
Rubbish smells good
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.
Screw your packaging
The white box contains a single switch socket (9cm by 9cm), the box it came in is roughly 55cm long by 35cm wide by 25cm deep!
The funny thing is, the packaging actually cost more than the socket! £4 for the socket and another £6 for the extra litter, thanks very much Screwfix.
Don’t waste ink…
The small grey object you can see in the middle of the picture is an ink cartridge, most of the rest of the stuff you see is waste. The cartridge comes in a small sealed plastic pouch, which is in a box with various papers. This is then packaged in an entirely unnecessary plastic container which is virtually impossible to open.
My advice is to buy a non Canon branded recycled cartridge, they usually just come with the plastic pouch and a box the same size as the cartridge.