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WHY SO MUCH PACKAGING?

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WHY DO MANUFACTURER'S INSIST ON TOTALY USELESS PACKAGING FOR THEIR GOODS? WHENEVER I BUY A BAG OF CRISPS ETC, HALF OF THE BAG IS AIR!!! DO THEY THINK THAT WE ARE SO STUPID THAT WE DON'T KNOW THAT EV… Read More
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
WHY DO MANUFACTURER'S INSIST ON TOTALY USELESS PACKAGING FOR THEIR GOODS?
WHENEVER I BUY A BAG OF CRISPS ETC, HALF OF THE BAG IS AIR!!!
DO THEY THINK THAT WE ARE SO STUPID THAT WE DON'T KNOW THAT EVERY TIME WE OPEN A BAG, IT WILL BE HALF FULL?
OR DO THEY HOPE THAT WITH ALL THE CR*P THEY PUT IN OUR FOOD NOWADAYS OUR MEMORIES ARE BEING ERASED!!!!
WHAT REALY ANNOYS ME IS CHILDRENS TOYS, A BIN LOAD OF CARDBOAD AND PLASTIC TO BE DISPOSED OF.
BUT WHO GETS THE BLAME FOR ALL THIS WASTE... YES, US THE PURCHASERS. STRANGE ISN'T IT!!!!
IT COULDN'T BE THE MANUFACTURERS FAULT, COULD IT?
OH NO.... JUST BLAME THE PUBLIC FOR IT AND GET MORE TAX OFF THEM, BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T MUCH LEFT TO TAX THEM ON. EVERYTHING ELSE IS COVERED, EXCEPT... AIR.
OH.... I FORGOT, THATS WHAT THEY PAY FOR IN THEIR CRISPS, SWEETS ETC.
SO THAT'S ALRIGHT THEN.
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9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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#1
And relax... ;-):-D

Totally agree by the way. And whoever came up with that moulded sealed plastic packaging that you get round some items should be shot!
#2
quick tip..

if the caps lock key dont work you can hold down shift whislt typing, it lowers caps... :)

Shops are monitored on packaging and waste etc i thought for the carbon footprint thingermijiggy..

Agree on the plastic thing they use now.. aaaaagggghhhh.. its like they dont want you to get into it.
#3
You're spot on about the packaging. :thumbsup:
It's clearly cost effective for the producers to use all the plastic/metal/cardboard and it's difficult to see how you could use taxes to stop it - as you say they simply pass on the cost to consumers. Only way really is for consumers to return all the packaging waste to the shop the next time they visit.
And agree, nightswimmer..... trying to penetrate that moulded sealed plastic packaging is actually dangerous.
banned#4
My record was a box about 1 metre square from screwfix. The contents was a shed padlock about 3cm in height!
#5
Yeah i hate those plastic moulding packages, one thing that i hate with a passion is those metal ties on toys that keeps them to keyboard! They hurt ya fingers and seem pointless!
#6
Would vacuumed packed crisps be that appealing though?
#7
csiman
My record was a box about 1 metre square from screwfix. The contents was a shed padlock about 3cm in height!


Wow, unbelievable! I thought mine was bad - one of those large metre long Viking boxes, just for a single 30cm metal rular. :x
#8
I know i am ranting, but it all seems so dishonest somehow.
My grandchildren get realy excited when they get a large box with enclosed toy, but after half an hour of unwrapping, they are disapointed with a small toy that looks like nothing when it is out of the box.
I am left with plastic, cardboard and ties to dispose of.
The only reason i can see for all this packaging is that they think, we the public, are all thick!!!
Ethical packaging, my ar*e. I have yet to see it.
#9
It is not actually air in the crisps but an inert gas that helps keep them fresh.
not a lot of people know that... he said in a Michael Caine voice.
#10
Wow, you get quite worked up about this subject don't you! :whistling:

Actually, on a serious note I agree with you, what always amazes me is when we get back from the weekly shop and ditch all the packaging (example - this week sweetcorn and mange tout in a plastic moulded carton and cello wrapped all over) it is practically a carrier bag full!!!
#11
chesso
Only way really is for consumers to return all the packaging waste to the shop the next time they visit.


Why would you do that? The shop buys it from the manufacturer just as you buy it from the shop, so by rights you should be taking it back to the manufacturer and dumping it in their car park.

Unless of course it's a large chain who manufacture their own products.
#12
mickb
Why would you do that? The shop buys it from the manufacturer just as you buy it from the shop, so by rights you should be taking it back to the manufacturer and dumping it in their car park.

Unless of course it's a large chain who manufacture their own products.


Must admit to doing something similiar (and quite childish too) with junk mail, any that have a reply envelope enclosed, I stuff it full of the junk they sent me (with my name and address ripped off) and send it back to them!

They then have spend the time opening it, and best of all paying postage costs for the privilage!! :giggle:
#13
Am I the only one who finds popping bubble wrap mildly therapeutic?
#14
pop pop pop
#15
Train Driver
Am I the only one who finds popping bubble wrap mildly therapeutic?


You can get it free from Currys Stores. Just ask for some. Last time they gave us the industrial roll and said, take as much as you want!
It was fun :thumbsup:
#16
Magic_monkey
You can get it free from Currys Stores. Just ask for some. Last time they gave us the industrial roll and said, take as much as you want!
It was fun :thumbsup:


kiddie! :roll:
#17
suze
Must admit to doing something similiar (and quite childish too) with junk mail, any that have a reply envelope enclosed, I stuff it full of the junk they sent me (with my name and address ripped off) and send it back to them!

They then have spend the time opening it, and best of all paying postage costs for the privilage!! :giggle:

Good for you Suze.:thumbsup:
#18
mickb
Why would you do that? The shop buys it from the manufacturer just as you buy it from the shop, so by rights you should be taking it back to the manufacturer and dumping it in their car park.

Unless of course it's a large chain who manufacture their own products.

Well yes, but the maufacturer is manufactuing it to the specifications of the provider, so clearly the retailer is the person to whom we return the packaging if we care enough and can get off our backsides (not frequently enough in my case. I admit). What they do with it then is up to them.
Obviously bubble wrap is a mute point!!:)
#19
Unfortunately you guys and girls are going to have to ask youselves just why you bought those products in the first place.

If it was an impulse buy then the likelihood is the packaging actually played the major part in your choice.

If it was the size of packaging vs product it's a proven fact that consumers stear clear of products packed in very small containers especially when it comes to anything that could be considered a gift.
There is also a security problem with products packed in very small containers, they end up in shoplifters pockets !

If it's foodstuffs then the best way to make a stand is unwrap all the offfending products at the checkout and ask the operator politely to dispose of them or boycott the product entirely.

Everyones quite right about those vacuum plastic packs though, they should be banned under the HSA.

Bottom line is the consumer has the power to stop this nonsense with packaging but nobody ever takes any direct action. It would change overnight if people refused to buy the product.
#20
All good points but If people shop on-line as I do - stuck in the middle of nowhere - then there is no packaging influence and you still get all the packaging - or even more ^^^^^^!! Basically, there isn't any one at all who doesn't know that the present packaging strategy is pretty poor ecologically but it's rather like the proverbial oceangoing liner.
#21
Good post hottoshop :)

chesso
All good points but If people shop on-line as I do - stuck in the middle of nowhere - then there is no packaging influence and you still get all the packaging - or even more ^^^^^^!!


Yeah, I'm in a similar situation. Shopping on-line really highlights just how crazy it all is. :(

it's rather like the proverbial oceangoing liner.


I'd hate to see the size of the box that came in! :w00t: :p
#22
chesso
All good points but If people shop on-line as I do - stuck in the middle of nowhere - then there is no packaging influence and you still get all the packaging - or even more ^^^^^^!! Basically, there isn't any one at all who doesn't know that the present packaging strategy is pretty poor ecologically but it's rather like the proverbial oceangoing liner.


True chesso to a degree although a great majority of products online are the same as instore and at least the outer packaging can be recycled mostly.

LOL I have a shed load of jiffy bags and cardboard packaging, was the only good thing about ebaying as could get rid of it. :thumbsup:
#23
I personally find it bleeding frustrating that when it's Christmas/birthday pressie opening time, you have to sit there with a screwdriver just to get some of the toys out as they've now started to screw them into the packaging.

It seems it's normal now to unwrap the toy, throw the box to mum/dad who then have to un-sellotape the toy from the box inside, then untie the wire that's around it in 6 different places, then get the screwdriver on the 6-7 screws that are also holding it onto another piece of packaging, by which time my 2 year old has given up and wandered off :?
#24
Charlie&Lola
It seems it's normal now to unwrap the toy, throw the box to mum/dad who then have to un-sellotape the toy from the box inside, then untie the wire that's around it in 6 different places, then get the screwdriver on the 6-7 screws that are also holding it onto another piece of packaging, by which time my 2 year old has given up and wandered off :?


I know this might sound like an obvious tip, but if they are toys you are giving your own kids, then undo them and unitie all the wires/unscrew all the screws, etc. and put the item back in the box *before* wrapping the present up. If it doesn't go back in the box properly without that kind of fastening to hold it in place, then just wrap it up as is without the box, the kids won't care. And get your relatives to do the same.

ETA: Don't forget to also install any batteries, etc. It saves so much time and hassle on the day!
#25
hottoshop
If it was an impulse buy then the likelihood is the packaging actually played the major part in your choice.
Bottom line is the consumer has the power to stop this nonsense with packaging but nobody ever takes any direct action. It would change overnight if people refused to buy the product.

I waas thinking about these points in my previous replies. On-line you don't even see the packaging so I wonder how much effect it has anyway on 'real time' buyers?
Refusing - not me!!
#26
nightswimmer
I know this might sound like an obvious tip, but if they are toys you are giving your own kids, then undo them and unitie all the wires/unscrew all the screws, etc. and put the item back in the box *before* wrapping the present up. If it doesn't go back in the box properly without that kind of fastening to hold it in place, then just wrap it up as is without the box, the kids won't care. And get your relatives to do the same.

ETA: Don't forget to also install any batteries, etc. It saves so much time and hassle on the day!

And relax .......;-):-D
#27
Train Driver
Am I the only one who finds popping bubble wrap mildly therapeutic?


:thumbsup:It sounds like all the fire-crackers from Chinese New Year have been let off at once when I get stressed - colleagues are found cowering for cover under their desks with fingers in their ears.
So i guess we get too much packing :whistling:
#28
chesso
And relax .......;-):-D


:lazy:
#29
chesso

Obviously bubble wrap is a mute point!!:)


:-D This made me chuckle, what's a mute point? :-D

Do you mean moot point

Sorry, didn't want to be rude, like I said, made me chuckle

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