Allergan Eye Drops

Allergan Eye Drops

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.

Quorn Peppered Steak Packaging

Quorn Peppered Steaks

Quorn meat free steak

I thought it was a ‘missteak’…

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.

Over packaged Quorn Steak

Space for two more??

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??

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…