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Stop Over-Packaging

Updated on February 14, 2018

Over-Packaging RANT

Personally I do not complain about many things. Okay well maybe a few things, just don’t ask my family, as they would probably say that all I do is whine and complain. Here is the thing that really, really irks me. We all know that recycling is good for the environment right? Where I live you have to recycle all your garbage and if you don’t they take you to Dump Jail and it is not a pretty site. The seagulls that live there full time are disgusting. Have you ever been walking or biking and had a seagull plop on your head? While you are doing time in Dump Jail, plopping is constantly going on. Anyways back to the point of my so-called rant…

Meat Packaging - Is all of this necessary?

Plastic Lid, Styrofoam and then wrapped in plastic wrap. This held beef liver.
Plastic Lid, Styrofoam and then wrapped in plastic wrap. This held beef liver. | Source

Stop the Companies

Why are companies allowed to unnecessarily over package their products? The example as show in the picture is a prime example of what I am talking about. There was meat in this package. On the bottom was Styrofoam, which in turn had the plastic on top of the Styrofoam, which held the meat. Then of course it was all wrapped in plastic shrink-wrap. What is the point of the plastic container? Why not just use either plastic or Styrofoam? Why did so many places stop using butcher’s paper? There are still places that do use butcher’s paper but they are far and few between.


No Name Cookies
No Name Cookies | Source

How much packaging do products need?

Here is another example. Why do you need so much packaging for a box of cookies when all you get out of this box are 12 Viva Puff wanna be cookies, not to mention all the garbage you in turn need to dispose of.


Then of course there are the chip bags, which are half full of air. Why not either fill the bag to its capacity, or cut back on the size of the bag to show us what we are really getting. Stop giving us a false illusion!

Slightly over-sized!

Turbo-Tax software that I purchased.
Turbo-Tax software that I purchased. | Source


Does TurboTax software really need to be in a box of its size? Measurements of this box 5” across x 7”long x 1”wide. The size of the CD is well you know how big a CD is. It is an empty box. It is not like it comes with any manual. Why can’t they just sell the CD in a box that covers just the CD?

If you would like to read a fantastic hub on excessive packaging by mistyhorizon2003 you can see many examples of the overuse of plastics, Styrofoam and more. The Hub is called Excess Packaging of Products is Shameful.

Let's All Call These Companies

I read somewhere on the Internet that if you are unhappy about the packaging that companies use you should phone them or write them a letter to get them to stop. Might just be an idea but I think it is going to take more than just me writing or calling them.

Will you join me and write to these companies?

Thanks so much for letting me rant.


© 2011 Susan Zutautas


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