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Why................ oh why

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PollyinBrum Report 12 Nov 2012 17:32

does everything have to have so much packaging? I have just spent ten minutes trying to open a package of toothbrush heads for my electric toothbrush. I eventually gave up and tried to use scissors, it look a while to cut off the end of the package, then remove an inner packing only to find the heads were secured down with two plastic clips, these were almost impossible to cut. I am sure that all of this packaging is not necessary, and all adds up to the actual cost of the product.


AnninGlos Report 12 Nov 2012 17:44

And a lot of it ends up in land fill.

In the paper today China is refusing to accept a lot of UK waste because of dirty plastic. So it is travelling all the way there, all the way back and ending up in landfill. I always was all my recylcling because I don't want my bin to smell, but it seems many people don't.

But the way to save landfill in the first place would be to stop creating waste by excess packaging.

Mel Fairy Godmother

Mel Fairy Godmother Report 12 Nov 2012 18:05

Paula I agree with you. I bought a new battery toothbrush a couple of weeks ago and I had the same trouble. I even reverted to my secatairs in the end and nealy cut myself in the prosess.

The other thing is packets of biscuits.


PollyinBrum Report 12 Nov 2012 18:32

:-D :-D I know , and also the packages for prescription tablets some are so hard to open I am fumbling like an old lady, which I am not (yet). Also another thing that makes me so cross is the where the price is stuck on with adehsive so difficlut to remove it can ruin the package.


George Report 12 Nov 2012 18:56

Medicines are and should be difficult to open for the protection of children.

Hard plastic packaging is there to protect the goods from getting damaged and to avoid people returning items for the slightest little mark.
If we are green as they put it, why have a battery tooth brush, there is the problem of recycling the batteries, the plastic and electrical parts, why not use an ordinary tooth brush.?
Sticky labels on the packaging. !!! thought you wouldn't mind the packaging getting damaged seeing as you are complaining about it.

Retailers and manufactures don't seem to be able to win theses days either not enough protection for the goods they sell, or to much.



Susan-nz Report 12 Nov 2012 19:06

Touche George,

but, the soap I buy, in a four or eight pack, has each bar wrapped in a paper wrap and a plastic layer inside the paper layer... Overkill and it drives me nuts.

Please don't tell me to choose another brand as I like this particular brand :-D.

Some of the very hard plastic wrap can cut like a razor when you finally manage to cut through it and open your item :-P :-P.

C'est la vie


Wend Report 12 Nov 2012 19:11

Never mind what it does to your finger-nails and nail polish, George :-P


George Report 12 Nov 2012 19:15

You girls are never satisfied, always moaning about something or the other :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

George :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)


Island Report 12 Nov 2012 19:23

Sounds like She who must be obeyed' isn't either Georgie Boy ;-) :-D


George Report 12 Nov 2012 19:27

LOL...Island :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

What's with the beard then...?? :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

George :-) :-) :-)


Bobtanian Report 12 Nov 2012 19:31

certain ammunition comes in small plastic boxes, and with an inner container......

yep no good for recycling as it is the "wrong kind of plastic."

recently read somewhere that to open those preformed packets, run around the edge with a can opener?

white spirit will remove the gum left behind from those price labels


Island Report 12 Nov 2012 19:39

George, it's me winter packaging :-D

Why do cigarettes have three layers of packaging? Health and Safety? LOL


George Report 12 Nov 2012 19:42

I would think its something to do with helping the tobacco to not dry out. :-) :-)

It suits you :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D



Island Report 12 Nov 2012 19:59

Thanks George :-D Prickles had one yesterday but she thought it looked like a codpiece so got rid.:-D :-D

What does nark me is - no choice with meds bottle tops.
I'm an adult in an adult household, sometimes I have difficulty with 'childproof' caps.
"I do not have children in my household" I said
"You might have some visiting" wimpered the idiot salesgirl
Really??? without me knowing?
I could have rammed them down her bl@ddy throat!!!
:-| :-| :-|


AnninGlos Report 12 Nov 2012 20:06

George dentists recommend electric and battery tooth brushes because they do a more efficient job than a manual one.
Some packaging may be necessary to protect goods but a lot is superfluous.


PollyinBrum Report 13 Nov 2012 08:55

I was having this converstion with my neighbour last night. She has just called in to tell me last week she ordered a memory card for her digital camera. She bought it from a well-known online shop. The card arrived in a cardboard box which was almost A4 sized, nearly 1 inch deep. She wondered at first what it could be, since the memory card ordered is about the size of a postage stamp.

She opened the A4-sized box and to find within, another, A5-sized piece of card, emblazened with the manufacturer's logo, covered for good measure in impenetrable plastic coating, which almost required industrial strength cutting machinery to open. (Well, OK, a pair of scissors, but you get my point). All this, for a small, postage-stamp sized item!!

As I said in my OP some of the packaging is just too much.


AnninGlos Report 13 Nov 2012 09:01

At least the box it was packaged in was presumably cardboard, made from recycled paper and recyclable. But wonder why it was such a large box? Memory cards do need to be protected though as they could be damaged in the post. I suppose that is the price we pay (excuse the pun) for saving money by buying on line. Buying locally would save the outer packaging. You can't win! :-D