Most people think about saving the environment these days. We try to buy things that are recycled. We carry our re-usable bags with us to the store. We recycle. Unfortunately this hasn’t really made an impact on companies that package the items we buy every day.
When I open a bag of chips, I discover that the bag is half empty. It isn’t as if someone decided to sneak a snack at the factory. The manufacturer, I learn, sells by weight, not volume. I wonder, did they get heavier in transit or did they just make the bag way bigger than it needed to be? Ok, maybe I’ll buy the excuse that air protects from crushing, but what about…Frozen Pizza?
Frozen pizza is another thing that comes in a deceptively large package. Have you ever taken a pizza out of its huge box and discover the little bitty thing inside? The crushing excuse doesn’t hold water.
There are many items put into bags, boxes and cartons that are a bit large for them. Weight, not volume I read those words over and over. A half empty box of cereal is not really half empty; it’s just heavy. And please…the plastic liner that holds the cereal itself, well you pretty much need a pair of tin snips to get inside those things. Or…you can try to be herculean and rip it only to end up with most of in on the floor.
So I continue with my shopping and pick up a bottle of ibuprofen. I’m starting to get a headache from all this pondering about packaging.
I go home and open the bottle but not without another little problem. Why is it I can never line up that little arrow which unless properly aligned, won’t open? After several turns of the cap, I finally know how Aladdin must have felt when the genie appeared.
I peer into the cavernous interior. Hmmm, a few tiny little pills in a giant, too big bottle. Is that an echo I hear?