30 Unnecessary Packaging Fails That Got Shamed Online (New Pics)
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Waste, waste, waste. That’s almost all you ever hear people talking about on the streets and in cafes. Whether it’s wanting to eliminate the use of plastic by replacing straws with pasta in Italy or coming up with new ways to recycle bottles, there are all sorts of small steps that we can take to make Planet Earth a cleaner, healthier, greener place to live on.
However, one area where some but not enough progress has been made is in the packaging of certain products. It is mind-boggling how much packaging can be used for even the tiniest things. All to make them look attractive and make us want to buy them. There’s so much packaging that you could almost build a fort out of the trash!
To show you just what we mean, Bored Panda has collected some of the most egregious examples of unnecessary packaging found in the dark corners of the internet. So scroll down and upvote the pics that make you fear for the future of the world. Send your pals the link to this list so that they realize what a big problem this is as well. And share any ideas for possible solutions to the waste crisis in the comments.
Bored Panda reached out to Greenpeace and interviewed Graham Forbes, the Global Project Leader for the Plastic-Free-Future.
“For years, companies have sold people on disability — the notion that we can use something once, for a few minutes, then simply throw it away,” Forbes explained. “The problem is, we know now that there is no such thing as ‘away.’ Less than 10 percent of the plastic ever made has actually been recycled, with the vast majority ending up in our oceans, landfills, or incinerated — polluting communities around the globe.” Scroll down for the full in-depth interview.#1 During Their Mating Season, The Masking Tape Must Be Separated To Avoid Unnecessary ViolenceImage credits: Little_Lorelei#2 I Love It That Stores Really Care About Making Sure Your Products Arrive In One Piece, However, I Ordered A Candle!Image credits: loonybytch#3 I Received A Large Package From Amazon TodayImage credits: iPattyR6Forbes from Greenpeace continued: “Companies are still stuck in this outdated business model that uses unnecessary packaging and puts the onus on the consumer to clean it up. It is up to all of us to demand accountability from these companies that continue to churn out throwaway plastic. It’s time to demand systems of reuse rather than polluting throwaway packaging.”#4 My Dell Order Of Six Ink Cartridges Arrived TodayImage credits: AusJonny#5 It May Look Like Our Designer Roo Is Hibernating, But This Is Just The Packaging Used To Protect The Eco-Friendly Light BulbsImage credits: bigfishdesign#6 The Packaging Of Lol DollsImage credits: NicoledheartedSome British supermarkets take the packaging waste problem very seriously. For example, Waitrose has impressed its environmentally-conscious shoppers by offering them the possibility of buying food and drink without any packaging.#7 Destroying The Planet One Apple At A TimeImage credits: mattyfatty1#8 Gas Station Packaging For One DoseImage credits: mattttt15#9 This Is How Our Shop Received 700 Disposable Screws. Individually Packaged, With Plastic Thread ProtectorsImage credits: ACES_IIThat means that customers can fill their own containers with a whole range of Waitrose products, such as rice, cleaning materials, wine, beer, etc. from various dispensers. This not only helps the environment but is good for your wallet as well because product prices drop by around a seventh as a result. Of course, this means that we won’t get to build any forts with all the unnecessary packaging. But some sacrifices must be made for the greater good.#10 Dear Amazon, Please Explain Why You Need All This Packaging To Send Us Little Label?Image credits: MIrandaJennieJo#11 My New Insurance Refuses To Pay For Meds I’ve Been On For Years. My Doc Gets Free Samples And Gives Them To Me. This Is The Packaging For 15 Days Of PillsImage credits: katyanastasia#12 2 Boxes Of Tea… 30+ Feet Of Bubble WrapImage credits: vegetariansnowflake“By utilizing reusable bottles, bags, or containers, we can start to build the systems that we want to see from large companies. Ultimately, large-scale systemic change will depend on companies like Nestle, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo changing their business models to reject throwaway plastic packaging. By rejecting throwaway culture, we can move them in a better direction quickly,” Forbes said, adding that those readers who want to learn more can read Greenpeace’s reports here and here.#13 Excessive Packaging For A Battery I Ordered OnlineImage credits: Jfonzy#14 I Decided To Try Use Less Plastic So I Ordered 4 Re-Usable Straws, This Is The Amount Of Packaging They Came InImage credits: Pamdwyr#15 Amazon, I Don’t Think The Box Was Big EnoughImage credits: CakalusaBored Panda also talked to Kara Pochiro of the Association of Plastic Recyclers about the topic. According to Pochiro, “packaging often has a variety of uses that the general consumer does not realize such as protection and preservation.”“If consumers purchase products and packaging made with recycled content, this will encourage companies to use more recycled content, can boost demand for that material, and increase recycling rates,” Pochiro explained, suggesting that customers recycle and conserve to help the environment. “Consumers play a big role in the success of recycling programs. They need to recycle and buy products and packaging made with recycled content.”Back in 2018, more than 40 British companies, including the UK’s largest supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and others, vowed to cut plastic use within 7 years.Reuters notes that these companies promised to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging in the UK by 2025. There’s still a long way to go until then (unless you’re reading this in 2025, in which case, hello, future Pandas!) and this is just one country. But it’s a strong start.#16 I Picked Up Three Months Worth Of Anxiety MedicationEach lot of 28 tablets came in it’s own little tub which came in an individual box each with a set of instructions. I emptied all the separate tubs into one tub and it’s not even full.Image credits: happydoodles#17 Ordered A Bulk Order On Amazon From A Single Seller. They Sent Each Item In Their Own Individual Envelope With Their Own Individual Tracking Number – 50 Items In 50 EnvelopesImage credits: basilfruit#18 I Love Your Products, Dr. Perricone, But Please Sort Out The Wasteful PackagingImage credits: Alsdorf_JARSome British supermarkets take the packaging waste problem very seriously. For example, Waitrose has impressed its environmentally-conscious shoppers by offering them the possibility of buying food and drink without any packaging.#19 All This Non Recyclable Packaging Used To Send Copper Tubing. 20 Envelopes For 20 Pieces When All Could Easily Fit Into OneImage credits: rickytickytavytoo#20 Today In Excessive PackagingImage credits: jdeg#21 This Much Packaging For This Small Of An Eco Friendly Product No Less. This Is Just So Laughably BadImage credits: kristawieThat means that customers can fill their own containers with a whole range of Waitrose products, such as rice, cleaning materials, wine, beer, etc. from various dispensers. This not only helps the environment but is good for your wallet as well because product prices drop by around a seventh as a result. Of course, this means that we won’t get to build any forts with all the unnecessary packaging. But some sacrifices must be made for the greater good.#22 Buddy Bought Two Mini Cast Irons From AmazonImage credits: Tokin_Bs#23 Oh Good! My Battery ArrivedImage credits: jamiestevens3#24 50 Feet Of Paper For 1 Bag Of Kitty LitterImage credits: RandomUserFour#25 I Ordered Three Pairs Of Drumsticks From Amazon. They All Showed Up Separately In Boxes Way Bigger Than NecessaryImage credits: daleyndaily#26 “We Want Less Plastic” Plastic Straws Individually Wrapped In Plastic Then Put In A Plastic BagImage credits: TooManyTriesForAName#27 All This Packaging For This Little ItemImage credits: dcarcehere#28 Amazon… Really?!Image credits: AnnaBennett_94#29 Sephora At It Again For A .05oz ConcealerImage credits: OldTownChode#30 I Ordered A Custom Eyeshadow PaletteImage credits: dananky