A bit of a moan on a Wednesday, well it has to be done and not really a moan I suppose but more of an observation. There is far too much packaging on products these days. I hate to think how much we throw away and some of it not recyclable.
I was unpacking a white shirt the other day which I had bought for my son to wear at school. Well it had cardboard around it, plastic clips keeping it all in place, the thing took about ten minutes to rid of all the rubbish which I suppose is there to make it look attractive in it's plastic pack. Just put the thing on a hanger and save the rainforest for goodness sake!!
Toys are another thing wrapped in far too much packing. I know that Fireman Sam and his pals need to be held in tight while they take a uncomfortable journey in a shopping basket to the till and then thrown into the boot of a car. They have already been subjected to torture and restraint as we free them from plastic twisty wire and elastic bands, you can almost here toys shout 'Freeeeeedom' when they are let out, no? Just me then. To the toy manufacturers, personally I'm not bothered about a posh box that will only end up in the bin, just a paper bag will do.
Food is the same, I spend a lot of time just emptying things out of boxes and packets to store in my freezer as the boxes that most food comes in takes up far too much room. This is where it is beneficial to buy from small shops in the high street (yes support small business's). The local grocer will just pop your fruit and veg in a paper bag and the butcher will serve your meat in much less packing than any supermarket.
I remember being at college learning floristry and just couldn't believe the amount of cellophane and wrapping that went around a bouquet, is it necessary? Yes it makes it look pretty but I do think less can look a little more classy. There are some fab flower boxes on the market which cut out the use of too much wrapping and I may show you in a future post, how a bouquet can look just as fabulous with more of the flowers on show and less packing. The flowers after all should take centre stage in my opinion.
Most packaging around now is able to be recycled but there is a lot that isn't and this is not good. Companies such as McDonalds have now started to recycle their waste, that was a long time coming, but it's better to start now, after all the less we send to landfill the better. We need to consider this planet, it needs to last a good million more years yet. I've been guilty of wrapping things in yards of bubble wrap when posting my ebay parcels in the past. Theres a tendency to think it's better to be safe than sorry. I just want things to get to the buyer in one piece but I'm going to think twice from now on.
Christmas is approaching and the bins will be overflowing with oversized Amazon boxes, oh and that tape that nearly slices your fingers in half when trying to rip it open in excitement. Remember to chuck as much in your blue bin or whatever colour bin your recycle stuff goes in and I'm going to try and not keep myself awake at night with how much actually doesn't get recycled, arrrrrrrrrghhhhhhhh.
Anyway I think I've got that off my chest and out there, let me know your views and which packaging really gets on your nerves. What suggestions do you have to improve packaging, some is necessary for protection but I do think we could not only save the planet but also cut down on cost too.
Thanks for reading my blog, do visit again tomorrow when I shall be writing A Verse for Thursday, until then.......
What to Buy Wednesday
From May 2020 I will be writing a poem about something I may have purchased or would like to purchase.