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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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    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Brett, I am surprised with the all the concerns about the environment that the companies that over package products are still doing so. Thanks for your comments.

      missolive, Cosmetics is another good example of over packaging. Some weeks while I am sorting through my garbage to put out and recycle, it amazes me how much of it is due to all the packaging. Thanks for reading and for your comments.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Great hub and oh so true! Packaging is ridiculous! Especially in makeup products and packaged creams. Why do they do this? I agree with Kris Heeter as well. Some of these are next to impossible to open. I remember my grandmother getting especially upset about it as her arthritis worsened with age.

      Thank you for sharing - good topic. :)

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      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      Voted up, awesome and interesting. Over-packing drives me mad sometimes, not only is it annoying and false advertising, but also DESTROYS the environment!

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kris, Sometimes the packaging is so hard to get open its like they don't want you to ever know whats inside.

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      Kris Heeter 

      9 years ago from Indiana

      I agree - way to much packaging. Plus, is it my imagination but is it getting harder and harder to open some things these days?! I consider myself a pretty strong gal but some of the stuff sealed up in strong plastic drives me crazy:)

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hyphenbird, Whenever I buy shoes or boots that come in a box, I always tell the cashier that I do not want the box. Not that this is going to make that big of a difference but I hope that they will re-use it.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      10 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I so agree. This is one reason I have become a minimalist.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      prasetio always so good to see you. Thanks for the vote.

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Susan. Thanks for share this with us. I learn much from you. Actually I also found this happened while I am shopping. But I can't do anything. Rated up. Take care!


    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      myi4u I am going to get busy and start writing some letters. I will let you know what happens.

      Seeker Well I was trying to start this hub out with a laugh (we really don't have a dump jail here) Oh how I hate those polystyrene blocks and peanuts. They seem to package everything in those these days when shipping out goods. Complaining just may be the thing to do. I am willing to give it a try. Thanks for your input here.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      10 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi - this is a great hub and I laughed as well. No disrespect at all, but you just hit the nail on the head with your wonderful 'rant'.

      About two months ago I ordered a bottle of perfume from an on-line site. The perfume itself was only about 15cm. However the box that it came in was - no kidding - 36 x 20 and stuffed full of those polystyrene block things, the ones that go all over the floor while you dig into the deep looking for your purchase. When I got to the object in the box it was then wrapped about 4 times in bubble wrap. I also just about amputated a finger with my scissors, trying to get the sticky tape off the bubble wrap so that I could finally - after 20 minutes - get my bottle of perfume.

      So your hub definately made great points. Loved it and I wonder if it would make any difference at all if we did start to complain?

    • myi4u profile image


      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan,

      I do think that you should send an email to those companies and express your concern or rant. Who knows, you might be surprised about what they have to say. In the past, I used to just tolerate about everything. However, I have started to write email of complains to companies where I don't think their service is up to the standard. I got back my replies and I was promised not to be disappointed the next time I deal with them. I personally do not think that we should put up with something that we do not like. After all, we are the consumers and those are our hard earned money.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      david thanks.

      mythicalstorm Thanks for ranting along with me :)

    • mythicalstorm273 profile image


      10 years ago

      This is an amazing rant!! Although I must say that the over use of packaging doesn't bother me as much if the person recycles the cardboard and such. It bothers me way more when I see it laying in the ditch or on the ground where somebody just threw it aside with out thinking about the environment at all. As amazing as it would be for companies to cut down on all that plastic we still have a long way to go as individuals for recycling as well... I better stop before I get started. lol Still a good rant :-)

    • daviddwarren22 profile image


      10 years ago

      Great stuff.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      DzyMsLizzy Thanks so much for your great comments and input.

      KenWu and Sharyn Thanks. With the landfill sites filling up and so many larger cities having to truck there garbage to other places soon there will be no more room left for the garbage to go.

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      Sharon Smith 

      10 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan,

      I understand this RANT and have "ranted" myself about over packaging. But you were smarter. You released your aggravation to the world :) Great job!


    • KenWu profile image


      10 years ago from Malaysia

      Like you, I also do not agree in over packaging. Those resources could be better spent than going into waste resulting in pollution. But who cares as we human always love things that look good even if the wrapping material is not needed.

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      Liz Elias 

      10 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, boy! So true! Very infuriating, indeed, to discover such excess packaging. Presentation, my arse! It's all about duping you into thinking you're getting more than you are for their over-priced goods!

      I'm sick of it, and I'm also sick of the dangerous plastic "clamshell" containers that nearly require the use of a chainsaw to rip open. If you try a utility knife, you get nowhere fast, and you may just wind up in the emergency room for stitches to your hand when the thing finally does give way, leaving a razor-sharp edge to cut you!

      And that angle is about paranoia. They are so fearful that someone may STEAL the item, that they make bulky packages that are impossible to open. Well, guess what? Sure, there are a few rotten eggs here & there who may quietly slit open a package and walk out with the contents.

      However, that is not the majority of people. Both my daughters have worked in retail, and the training they were required to take (as well as statistics you can look up) indicate that well over half of what the industry terms "shrinkage" (euphemism for theft), results from EMPLOYEES!! A company culture that is so afraid of theft, packages its goods to reflect what it knows about its own penchant for stealing your money with overpricing!! Do we want to patronize such companies?" You draw to you from the universal energy what you think about most..fear is included.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I get your point. When you buy something and have to call in the National Guard to open it, there's a problem, just kidding of course, but some products are wrapped so tightly it is very difficult to unwrap. Thank you for the rant.


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      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Just Ask Susan

      I think you may have misunderstood my previous comment. I was speaking as an american, as I know little of Canadian circumstances.I myself am annoyed at various bit of packaging, mostly that which is almost impossible to open.

      In the State of Wisconsin we have community recycling of glass bottles, most plastic bottles and most paper products-newspapers, boxes etc.They are working out what to do with electronics stuff.

      My only real point before was that in our country there are politicians who are more than willing to pass all sort of counter productive laws. I personally don't spend a whole lot on plastic bags because we don't usually have more than one or two bags to go to the landfills a week.

      Best to let the companies know you are unhappy with the packaging.

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      barbergirl I was thinking the same thing about a petition. Thanks for adding to my rant :)

      gr82bme Thanks for popping by to read.

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      10 years ago from USA

      I think that in a time when we are looking to help the environment it is ridiculous. As for getting lost on the shelf, make the shelves smaller. LOL

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      Stacy Harris 

      10 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I agree - the over packaging has gotten a little ridiculous! There is more garbage then there is actual product bought. You should write up a petition and see how many signtures you can get and start sending it to the companies that are being wastefull... especially the chip companies. How decieving thinking you are getting this big bag of chips and you end up with a couple of handfuls! Great hub! Thanks for making me want to rant a little too! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey I can share this on FB now:)!

    • Just Ask Susan profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH Thanks. Even with people recycling which does help to a point there are so many that do not.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      10 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Susan - first excellent hub! I loved the video. I was just reading another hub about how plastic is hurting the environment. I also get so annoyed about the over packing! Sometimes I feel like I can't break into the item I've bought! How secure does it need to be? Even music CD's! The little things they tie and twist through the item - I have even said before I wouldn't have bought something had I known it was packed that way!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj I understand that it is for presentation. Could they just not display it in a large box and then just sell the consumer a smaller product. I have bought in the past computer packages where the box that I took to the counter was actually empty. The cashier would then go and get my actual product but I still got the large box.

      mistyhorizon Thanks and I will go and read your hub.

      manjubose Thanks for reading and your comments.

      Ken I have fought with so many packages trying to get the items out. It gets pretty frustrating at times.

      dahoglund Sorry that you feel this way but I have to pay for garbage tags every week and when I buy something that is over packaged it infuriates me that so much goes into the landfill sites. The plastic does not break down. I just care about our environment and feel that companies should have to pay closer attention to how much packaging they really need to use.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Please don't get into government regulation on how much packaging can be used. We are over regulated now.The packaging is part utilitarian and part promotional--to make the product look more attractive. In the United State any regulation will probably result in more paper etc being used than ever.

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      Ken R. Abell 

      10 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Just yesterday I wrestled with an over-packaged wireless mouse. I ended up having to get a pocket knife out to finally release the contents of the box.

      Thanks for the rant.

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      10 years ago

      I agree with you Susan. We should use eco-friendly materials for packaging. Thanks for paying attention towards it and sharing your hub with us. Useful hub!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      You are so right and might enjoy my Hub on 'Excess / Excessive Packaging of Products is Shameful'. It really does frustrate me immensely. Nice to see you feel the same way :)

      Great hub rated up.

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Susan. Turbo Tax software is packaged in a larger than life box to make sure you notice it on the shelf at Depots R Us. If it were packed in a box just a little larger than a CD, it would get lost in the marketing shuffle. It's all about presentation.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ahorseback I could go on and on about so many things thanks for reading.

      jpcmc you have a point about the chips and I thank you for your input.

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      JP Carlos 

      10 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I can't answer for the the other packaging, but I believe, chip bags are intentionally big for the contents and filled with air to protect the chips inside. From rolling out the factory to being bought, they undergo lots of handling that can literally crush them. I know, it's not environmentally friendly. Let's just hope manufacturers find a better way to preserving the quality of their products while being more environmentally sound and ecnomical.

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      10 years ago

      AND, all of the plastic wrapping that keeps increasing in use, ...OIL ...$ ? mmore Junk mail , so much waste , great hub.


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