Morrisons Sushi

Morrisons Topped Sushi Salad

OK, so you are probably thinking, yep this is in a plastic container but so is just about every other ready meal from environmentally irresponsible supermarkets like Morrisons, Tesco, ASDA et al. BUT the thing is, just as the public have finally woken up to the plastic problem and are starting to demand better alternative from supermarkets and manufacturers, Morrisons have chosen to go in the opposite direction to public opinion and environmental responsibility as only last week these sushi boxes were in cardboard boxes!

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw them a few weeks ago, only to be disappointed to now see them in plastic :-(

Supermarkets have a lot (probably the most out of anyone) to answer for with the plastic problem. It was them who drove out all the independent grocers and stores, it was them who squeezed the suppliers, it was them who encouraged intensive farming, it was them who gave you low nutrition high sugar alternatives, it was them who first gave you a plastic bag, it was them who wrapped your vegetables in plastic.

So for all the crap they tell you about how much they care, they don’t.

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!

Cottonelle with too much plastic

Cottonelle toilet rolls

So you need some toilet paper? Did you know you actually needed some toilet paper wrapped in plastic, and then within that each pair of rolls wrapped in more plastic? Do I didn’t think so.

Thanks Cottonell for doing your bit to fill up the sea with plastic, go home and have a good think about what you have done.

If you prefer your bum cleaning to be a bit more environmentally friendly go to Ethical Superstore and getting some GreenCane paper


Stovel & Mason Shirt

Stovel & Mason Shirt

OK so maybe I’m picking out Stovel & Mason here amongst a thousand other makes of fashion brands who do the same with shirts but I suppose it doens’t make it OK just because everyone else is bad.

Stovel & Mason ShirtI’ve got no idea why shirts can’t just be on a hanger (preferably made of wood instead of plastic but I think I may be asking too much there!), that way you can actually see the shirt hanging, you can feel the material and get a much better sense of what it’s like, but oh no, for some reason only known to the gods of retail shirts must always be in a little plastic pouch thing, one hundred and two little random bits of plastic card and even metal. I counted 16 different bits of packaging on this shirt, admittedly it’s not the worst I’ve ever seen but still that’s 15 more than needed.

Stovel & Mason Shirt

Count’em and weep

Shops accept returns if clothes don’t fit, so isn’t this just a hassle for the retailer and then the manufacturer if a shirt gets returned with all those random bits of plastic? And who is the poor bugger who has to package this shirt up? Probably some kid in a developing country getting paid sod all to clip silly little bits of plastic to the cuffs and collar (OK so I don’t know this but if Stovel & Mason have full details of their supply chain I’d be happy to share them)

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.