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tic tac terrible plastic packaging

tic tac MEGA BOX with lots of little tiny plastic boxes

Really?? Seriously?? Honestly??

What. The. Fuck.

Have the makers of these been on another planet for the last few years?? Perhaps they have found us a second Earth so we have somewhere to go after we pollute this one to death, in that case then it’s all OK, they have solved the plastic problem…

So what do we have here, a MASSIVE plastic box for tic tacs. Hmmm this could be a good idea, bulk buy your tic tacs in one big box and fill your normal box up when it’s empty, wow I think we could be make in progress here, until you look a little closer and see lots of tiny plastic boxes with about 7 or 8 tic tacs in! What an absolute waste of packaging, I can’t be bothered to count the number of unnecessary plastic boxes in this that will most likely end up floating around in the sea or worse in the stomach of some poor whale or fish.

Surely they have some awareness of the current hatred towards wasteful plastic packaging, I mean perhaps when I first set this site up in 2006 (I think) you might expect them never to really have considered the plastic problem but now everyone knows about the problem it causes. Sadly as consumers it is difficult to buy everything you need or want without a shittonne of plastic because manufacturers are too slow and dimwitted to see the bigger picture they go one putting everything in pointless and unnecessary plastic. Apparently tic tac are made by Ferrero, yeah that one, that smug ambassador who piles his Ferrero Roche in precarious pyramids. Well next time you see him, knock one of those stupid pyramids over, stamp on all the chocolate and shove some of this plastic down his throat and see how smug he looks then!

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…

Screwfix packaging

Screwfix

Screwfix packaging

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.