Amazon excessive packaging rant

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packaging wasteI’ve seen some excessive packaging in my time.

But I think this week’s ‘Show and Tell’ takes the biscuit…

Mr Green had a parcel arrive from Amazon and was a bit flummoxed as to what he’d ordered that would require such a box.

Being the forward thinking kinda guy he is, he asked me to grab the video camera for a live opening.

And I think you’ll be pleased he did.

Or not.

Maybe this will have you wringing your hands, beating your fists and sending letters to manufacturers across the globe.

So make sure you’re sitting down before you watch because you won’t believe your eyes…

We’ve done the maths for you too.

The aerial weighs 27 grams

arial weight

Meanwhile the packaging weighs 349 grams.

packaging weight

That means the packaging weighs around 13 times more than the product. A product that isn’t even fragile.

I think that beats the record of my fountain pen packaging by a long shot.

What about you – any horror stories to tell about excessive packaging?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. smallftprints says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! Ridiculous and so wasteful! Amazon really needs to shape up … I love them but wow … they have a great opportunity to reduce waste. Okay … here’s another company who needs to shape up … Fedex. We mailed a birthday package to my mother across the country. Yes, the gift (an original painting by my hubby) was fragile but they wrapped it, wrapped it again, wrapped it AGAIN, and then (before I could scream to stop them) they totally wrapped the picture in bubble wrap. So far, we’re up to more than three wrappings (the bubble was swirled around and around the picture). Then, they put the whole thing in a HUGE box and stuffed more brown paper around it. Not only was this a huge waste but it ended up costing us a lot more because all that wrapping was heavy. Won’t be using them in the future! And yep … I’ve got some writing (and protesting) to do!

  2. The US.Postal Service charges by girth, so that if a package is overstuffed, the little David item inside ends up looking like a worthy Goliath..i hope that your thin wand appeared worth the recycling paper and cardboard stuffing..

    this has happened to us lately, we received a bag of diatomaceous earth for pet care and cleaning purposes or pest control in garden. they wrapped it like fragile electronics instead of innocuous talcum powder which it resembles.

    it appears to be as if commercial companies were rebelling against the green shakers and savers. perhaps they are suffering from the legal and financial implications of sue-happy people who demand pricey returns and over-sized refunds at every invisible scratch.

  3. Philippa says:

    It is unfortunate that a company like Amazon which has such potentially good packaging eg recyclable and compostable fails so badly with the amount of it.

    I believe that you can report this in the feedback on the packaging of your purchase easily online unlike with many other companies. How much attention this company will pay to this is something else. Amazon needs to work harder!

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