I promised you the story and the pictures of opening the packaging of a new toy for Landon. Don bought him this noisy backhoe that came in the most ridiculous packaging I have ever seen. It was tied down by tiny screws, of all things, and it took us 10 minutes to open it! We were fuming and poor Landon had to be so patient. After we finally got it open, I took care of the noise by taking out the batteries right away, there was no way I was going to have Landon’s ears assaulted by the loud noise.
I tried to find some numbers about packaging-related accidents in the United stated, but I didn’t find much information, only this: according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries from plastic packaging resulted in 6,400 visits to emergency rooms in 2004. I wonder how many children have to go to the hospital after swallowing a part of needless packaging material?
What is the reasoning behind all the crazy packaging of toys nowadays? I understand that companies might want to put a tie around a car so no one can take it out of the box easily and steal it, but to use screw to hold something in place? Why would a company decide to use small screws that a child can swallow and choke on so easily? It was actually kind of difficult to keep count of all those screws.
There was so much packaging material left after we finally extracted the backhoe, it made me sick. I had a good mind to pack it all up and send it back to the company who made this toy, but I didn’t want to waste more resources. In Germany you can leave any packaging you don’t want at the store, and the store has to deal with it. As a result, stores have put pressure on companies to be more green and resourceful and refuse to stock certain items that come with too much packaging. So the companies have become really great about developing minimal packaging from recycled material.
I don’t see that trend to pressure companies to be more eco-friendly here in America. It seems to me that I buy more air than anything else in recent years, especially when it comes to chips and creams, etc. Here “bigger is better” seems to still be the mindset. Your thoughts? What can we all do to avoid this waste? I’ll share my thoughts about that in a future article.
I just found this, Amazon.com promisses frustration-free packaging!