The other day I got an order from Target. I was giving my bathroom a little “change” and could only find some of the things I wanted online so off away to order I went. This is what came.

One bath mat. 2 bath towels. 2 hand towels and a package of facecloths. Can you even imagine? Seriously, couldn’t they have found a bigger box? When I saw this on my deck I couldn’t imagine what was in it and when I saw it was from Target I was just mystified.

Today I got this from a home party I ordered from.

Why in the world are things being packaged like this? This is so wasteful. I’ve noticed a few other things that bother me. What’s with all this excess cardboard? There are some things that come in the most un-people friendly packaging. I’ve been saving my “box top for education” upc codes for the school district for years and some of those things are dang near impossible to cut through. I buy the “goldfish” crackers in the great big box and you almost need a chain saw to cut though it but the box top points are almost triple on that size so I’m determined!! Huggies baby wipes are made of such heavy cardboard that I have a hard time folding them up for recycling. What the heck??

What have you found dang near impossible to open or get rid of? Do you find the things you order come in way to big of a box and why do stores do that? Are bigger boxes cheaper? The poor UPS man. He must have really wondered what was in that huge box that weighed nothing.

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11 Responses to Packaging

  1. SKL says:

    OK, here’s my pet peeve about packaging. Actually, I have two of them (that come to mind immediately).

    One: the way they package toys. It is so hard to get a freakin’ doll or whatever out of the package. After you get past all the tape and cardboard and multiple layers of plastic, then you have all these mega-wire twist ties and so on. There has to be a way to wrap toys that doesn’t leave the parents wanting to just throw them all in a heap and burn them.

    Two: tags on clothing. Why the hell does each garment have to have at least 3 tags inside the neck or other sensitive area – often stiff, uncomfortable ones – plus at least 3 or 4 merchandising tags that are meant to be cut off. Why? It’s a stinking sundress or shirt, how much can there be to say about it? It seems to me that one tag was enough when I was younger, but what do I know?

    I have to say that most of the online purchases I get don’t use ridiculously big boxes, but some do. I just assume that the shipper didn’t have any better sizes on hand. But you’re right, it’s ridiculous.

    • Jenny says:

      I HATE all the crap that they put on the toys!!! It takes forever trying to untwist and cut the dang thing out.

    • Laura says:

      Ohmygosh, SKL, you totally beat me to it. All the ridiculous toy packaging!!! Drives me NUTS. We just had Josh’s party, and I had to go into the present-opening afterward with a screwdriver, wire cutters, pliers, a box cutter, and a light saber, just for good measure!! It is absolutely insane.

      However… a couple of years ago, Amazon had “child-friendly packaging”. I don’t know if they still do it. I bought a couple things that year for Josh, and it was bliss. The stuff came in a simple box. No wires, tape, screwdrivers, deflector shields, nothing. Just. a box. He ripped through that stuff in no time, and was happily playing with everything. I loved it.

  2. Laura says:

    Big boxes of goldfish have triple points? Adding THAT to the shopping list!

    • Joy says:

      The box I have right now (the almost 2 pound box) doesn’t say a point value. They don’t always but I have one in the baggie that says 3 points. Soup is only 1.

      Goldfish also has a 55 piece serving for 140 calories so I bag them up and grab them for my purse for snacking when I’m out and about. They fill a good void since I think 55 is a lot of them.

  3. Just a Mom says:

    I am with everyone on the toy packaging! And those Goldfish boxes are horrible! The thing I hate lately with packaging are the plastic Pillow Packs they put in there. What happened to good old-fashioned bubble wrap? Now I have nothing to pop after I get my goodies out of the box!
    Joy ~ I am glad to see my packing job didn’t make the worse of list, at least publicly! 😉

    • Joy says:

      That’s so funny. You did a great job. Everything had it’s place in yours.

      BTW, I love to pop those bubbles too and I hate those styrofoam things.

  4. Joseph says:

    I ordered some triangle dinner bells to call our dogs out from the bush. The way it was packaged left nothing to the imagination. 1 piece of cardboard just the right size, folded in on the 3 sides and taped.

  5. Nikki says:

    LOL That box of towels is ridiculous! What were they thinking?! I do like getting nice big boxes from the UPS, because I always reuse them, but that is outrageous! My biggest pet peeve about packaging is the way they package toys. It’s a dang doll, people! It’s not going anywhere, it does not need 50 twist ties, and 100 zip ties! That’s the worst!

    Cute towels btw! 🙂

    • Joy says:

      Thanks. The shower curtain is the same brown polka dots. It’s been fun to change. Of course Maddie has overtaken the round bath mat. It’s so soft.

  6. Laura says:

    Here’s another peeve… the Amazon wonky-shaped boxes. I like my boxes to be symmetrical, with proper flaps so that you can weave them together to close them, and generally re-use them for whatever. Amazon boxes, however, have funky flaps. I can’t even describe them (and of course, I don’t have an Ama..wait. I think I do. Hang on. Nope. Of course THAT one would be symmetrical)… anyway, the flaps are weird-shaped, and they don’t close properly. About the only thing they’re good for is recycling! I re-use a lot of boxes, either for sending stuff to people, or for general storage around the house. Those Amazon boxes are completely useless for both.

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