Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A MATTER of PACKAGING





Good things come in small packages. Sometimes, Amazon UK believes the other way around: the bigger the better.


I recently purchased an exercise mat from Amazon. The delivery van arrived just as I came out the door. The driver and I went through the parcels and packages so I could get mine first before the rest of my neighbours as I had an appointment to catch. He handed me a smaller box which I thought was the gym ball (I've posted via Instagram that I traded in my office chair for one as it's better for my back and shoulders), then a massive one which made me think I ordered Magic Mike XXL himself by mistake.


Before opening the box, I wondered if the mat was folded flat, which would make me cross.  After swimming through a neatly crumpled (the photo doesn't do it justice) manila paper that served as foam instead of polystyrene packing peanuts,  the rolled-up 62cm x 18cm mat was laid in the middle, on its own.




While I appreciate the effort to ensure that the purchased item arrives as seen on the selling page, I thought the box was oversized and this package wasted too much paper. This box could fit in at least 4 more rolled-up mats. I don't know how Amazon manages their packaging specifications, but surely a more economical and environmentally friendly option is possible? My fitness mat could have been simply wrapped in manila paper, or perhaps a rolled-up recycled box.


Unlike boxes of other online retailers which can be repurposed, say, as trinket or accessory box or a desk organiser, a box this big is only fit for moving homes. A storage for children's toys? First, I don't have kids, and even if I do, I won't have their toys crammed in a box that can actually be a safety hazard. 

Where space is prime, I don't have the luxury of a storage room for boxes that can be retrieved for future use. Luckily, my local council has an industrial bin reserved for recyclable materials. Others don't automatically have that service despite the council tax. 




I'm very conscious of wastage, so I  would like to urge Amazon UK and other online retailers to come up with a minimalist approach to managing packaging resources by stripping things down to the basics. To Amazon UK, remember how you pack books and CDs (very rarely ordered nowadays I suppose)? I've even kept some purchased books in that sleeve. 

Let's save, not waste.

Have you had similar packaging experience from online retailers?







7 comments:

  1. Net-a-porter and Outnet also send orders as if they're shipping three boxes of shoes for a one piece of hoodie or bracelet. I could only shake my head. Part of my job is packing things and I always make sure that I get the box that fits perfectly otherwise you're paying for air or useless space.

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    1. I wonder if it costs them less to pack it big??

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  2. I've had packages that I've felt had too much packaging with them, a huge box for something really small annoys me. Thankfully there is recycling places to take it to, but it's really a waste for it to be produced in the first place. I wish they thought more on that. I know they want everyone's items to reach them safe and un-harmed, but surely a better solution could be found!! Hope you have a great day doll x

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  3. Ha, well let's hope Amazon is reading this. I tend to put any excessive packaging in the recycle bin so I don't often mind too much but it's still then a hassle taking it to the recycling tip so it doesn't clog up the space in your hope. I bought an ice cream from Amazon, yes ice cream and you should have seen the size of the box that came in!. Happy last week of July! xx

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    1. I have yet to bring this directly to their attention, but I will :)

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  4. I have had similar experiences but this one tops them all. I couldn't help but laughing out loud as I was scrolling down. But yeah, the waste that they created is not fun and I hope that they read this and figure out more efficient ways of packing!

    LUXESSED

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    1. This is the biggest packaing I've received so far, and I hope it doesn't happen again!

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