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Packaging is a tricky thing. It is an absolute requirement in our current lives but a tricky endeavor to do right.
Depending on the fragility and size of the products, packaging needs to take many varied and complex forms.
Engineering those forms is not an easy task, and as such we try not to be too hard on modern-day manufacturers. However, some examples are so illogical they cannot be ignored.
SEE ALSO: MCDONALD'S TO USE COMPLETELY RENEWABLE, RECYCLED PACKAGING BY 2025
Here are 17 of the silliest and yet real packaging ideas we have seen.
1. The crowded umbrella
This Reddit user ordered an umbrella from Amazon. Little did he know it would arrive drowning in paper packaging. But nothing was lost! The crafty Redditor used it to make himself a paper toga.
2. The foamy charging cube
This little guy was surrounded by several layers of foam.
All this packaging for a small charging cube?! Unbelievable. #OverPackagedpic.twitter.com/OfICqKvjIA
— Bad Excess Packaging (@Over_Packaged) 16 Μαΐου 2016
3. The redundant environmental failure
We thought Imgur user thenamenonehas did a great job of explaining this packaging mishap by saying: "If only bananas had robust, natural, bio-degradable packaging of their own. Some sort of peelable skin, perhaps."
4. The open space
I guess this tiny electronic was claustrophobic. It came in a box 20 times its size.
We're calling you out @amazon! Our diss track is coming, and it's gonna be fire!! pic.twitter.com/6uovdZNSM6— Bad Excess Packaging (@Over_Packaged) 16 Μαΐου 2016
5. The individually packaged mini sausages
The title says it all. Yes, someone thought it might be a good idea to wrap in plastic every single individual mini sausage. Aside from being costly and ecologically unwise, it must be quite annoying if you want more than just one of these treats.
6. The broom in a coffin
Ok, the broom did not come in an actual coffin but this packaging can definitely double as one.
@amazon Amazon packaging reaching new levels of extreme... I only ordered a broom... #amazon#excessivepackagingpic.twitter.com/udCK9WEqry— Diana (@dianarough) May 19, 2017
7. The testy candy
These individually wrapped jelly beans must be super annoying to eat and not to mention the amount of waste they generate.
Individually wrapped jellybeans are a thing? pic.twitter.com/zNTYt0TJPx— Jillian D'Onfro (@jillianiles) 11 Οκτωβρίου 2015
8. You won't get your pepper
I am sure these pepper manufacturers did not want to stop their clients from consuming their products. But you have got to wonder why they made the packaging so hard to open.
Good example for bad #packaging: It takes a sharp knife and a lot of patience to take off the plastic wrapping from the top of these pepper mills... And a little bit of luck not to hurt yourself during this action. #packagingdesign#timetomakeitbetterpic.twitter.com/I7e81eRVEd
— plainbutpunchy (@plainbutpunchy) September 4, 2018
9. The genuine coconut
In another case of wasting resources to package a fruit with one of nature's most resilient natural packaging, this company thought it might be wise to offer plastic covered coconuts. And please note that they are genuine coconuts.
10. The avocado halves
We're pretty sure it would take less time to peel, cut and de-pit real avocados than it would to open these overpackaged alternatives. It would also be much less environmentally damaging.
Over packaged avocados! ("100 per cent") What next? pic.twitter.com/pi2nNfo4xS— Paul Berton (@PaulBerton) 28 Φεβρουαρίου 2016
11. Bananas packaged again! Now in a plastic box
Well, at least this time they put a few in a pack.
12. The scissors that need scissors
How do you get to your scissors without scissors? Now that is a dilemma!
I bought some scissors today... needed scissors to get into the packet... #fail#irony#Packaging#scissorpic.twitter.com/ZPkaOjNy3x— Katie Haygarth (@katiehaygarth) 6 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018
13. Sliced and separated
We have all heard of sliced bread but did you know the slices can be further individually wrapped? Unfortunately, they can.
14. The lonely garlic bulb
Maybe it is a purse carry-on? You know, for in case you run into a vampire while you are out and about.
Seriously @sainsburys, do you really need to package a single garlic bulb??? #plasticwaste#[email protected]/wKhJmPViSP— Carole Eychenne (@source_garden) September 8, 2018
15. The Double Trouble
What do you pack packaging in? Well in more packaging of course.
16. The peel replacement
The poster said it best.
If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them. pic.twitter.com/00YECaHB4D— Nathalie Gordon (@awlilnatty) March 3, 2016
17. The solo orange packaging
Well, at least this time they kept the peels!
We post orange of shockers on here but this has got to be one of the worst!! @intermarchepic.twitter.com/eG00fM9xXX— Pointless Packaging (@pointlesspack) April 9, 2018
We had some fun pointing out these mostly environmentally faulty packaging alternatives but in the end, we know how hard innovation can be. As such, we give kudos to these manufacturers for doing their best at coming up with new ideas. May we suggest thinking more sustainably in the future?