Food packaging waste equals to about one-third of all trash, costing governments billions of dollars each year in disposal expenses. Bored Panda has collected a set of images, proving this huge plastic waste contributor to the global waste crisis could be reduced significantly.

Product packaging solutions often become the subjects of heated debates. While the eco-minded consumers want it to be as minimal as possible (meaning fully recyclable), manufacturers often fire back that they don't want their products to start decomposing in the store or become an easy target to shoplifters and put many layers of wasteful and entirely unnecessary plastic wrapping. And while some of their arguments have reasons behind them, a lot of the time the amount of plastic wrap is needlessly excessive. Do we need a pill to be wrapped in three layers of plastic? Or, better yet, casings for coke cans?

Now, we do agree that a zero waste life can be quite challenging to lead sometimes, but it is something we should all aspire to if we don't want to evacuate from our planet Earth in the near future.

Scroll down to learn why we need to rethink packaging and vote for the worst or most ridiculous images!

#1

If Only Nature Would Find A Way To Cover These Oranges So We Didn't Need To Waste So Much Plastic On Them

If Only Nature Would Find A Way To Cover These Oranges So We Didn't Need To Waste So Much Plastic On Them

awlilnatty Report

Steve 1 year ago

whilst this certainly seems is a complete waste of packaging for most, there are a lot of peole out there with chronic arthritis and other disablilities that makes peeling fruit either incredibly difficult, extremely painful or both. Opening a small plastic tub is nothing compared to peeling an orange, so this sort of thing is a God-send for them.

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#2

Individually Packaged Coke Cans

Individually Packaged Coke Cans

Bri An Report

Rue Granger 1 year ago

Are you f*cking serious?!

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#3

If Only Bananas Had Robust, Natural, Bio-Degradable Packaging Of Their Own. Some Sort Of Peelable Skin, Perhaps

If Only Bananas Had Robust, Natural, Bio-Degradable Packaging Of Their Own. Some Sort Of Peelable Skin, Perhaps

thenamenononehas Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

This shit is bananas.

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#4

The Amount Of Packaging For This One Single Pill

The Amount Of Packaging For This One Single Pill

Neglected_Martian Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

and it says 'non drowsy', i'm guessing you'll at least be a little tired after working through all that so not sneeze at the flowers.

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#5

7ft Of Air Packaging To Protect The Socks

7ft Of Air Packaging To Protect The Socks

DeLaNate Report

Erin 1 year ago

Now, this is just silly.

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#6

This Is Just Plain Ridiculous

This Is Just Plain Ridiculous

ProperEllipsis Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

you might say... it's.... coco-nuts! a-hahahaha...

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#7

Amazon, I Don't Think The Box Was Big Enough

Amazon, I Don't Think The Box Was Big Enough

cakalusa Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

yeah, they could've used one of those envelope packaging things for this.

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#8

I Ordered 5lbs Of Sugar Free Jelly Belly's Online... They Arrived Individually Wrapped! Why?

I Ordered 5lbs Of Sugar Free Jelly Belly's Online... They Arrived Individually Wrapped! Why?

betterdayzahead Report

Bella Smith 1 year ago

who has that much time and how would program a machine to do that or even deem it worth creating a machine in the first place

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#9

New Laptop Came With Anti-Virus Program. I Only Needed The Security Key Code Underneath A Sticker On The Bar Code. A Huge Waste Of Plastic

New Laptop Came With Anti-Virus Program. I Only Needed The Security Key Code Underneath A Sticker On The Bar Code. A Huge Waste Of Plastic

BirdNerdthe3rd Report

Kostas 1 year ago

it's just marketing. shelf filling is important but new mold is expensive.

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#10

Single Wrapped Potatoes

Single Wrapped Potatoes

wmyeoh Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

water proof potatoes! the irish could've used these...

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#11

Individually Packaged Slices Of Bread

Individually Packaged Slices Of Bread

SaveLakeCanton Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

the worst thing since sliced bread.

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#12

Ridiculously Redundant Over-Packaging

Ridiculously Redundant Over-Packaging

NYhook Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

well it's one way to stop you getting crabs...

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#13

This Peeled Avocado

This Peeled Avocado

Christine Kizik Report

Ntosh 1 year ago

I would not buy this avocado. I prefer to be the one to cut it and seeded. To me this just seems like the avocado is not fresh and will spoil

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#14

A Tic Tac Novelty Box That Has 60 Individual Boxes Each With 6 Tic Tacs... So Much Plastic

A Tic Tac Novelty Box That Has 60 Individual Boxes Each With 6 Tic Tacs... So Much Plastic

Woody1992 Report

My O My 1 year ago

You start apreciating this sort of wasteful packaging when you have small kids

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#15

This Knife Is Far Too Small For The Packaging

This Knife Is Far Too Small For The Packaging

ferlorn Report

Pamela 1 year ago

Maybe it was cold outside lol

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#16

Amazon Sent My Bubble Wrap Wrapped In Paper

Amazon Sent My Bubble Wrap Wrapped In Paper

gtbuzztim Report

Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

So paper also beats bubble wrap, got it..

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#17

Pre-Peeled Bananas Wrapped In Plastic

Pre-Peeled Bananas Wrapped In Plastic

BILLA Report

Arietis 1 year ago

Bananas are arguably the easiest fruit to peel.

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#18

So Much Waste

So Much Waste

tommiedineen Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

"honey, that invisible part you needed has arrived"

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#19

These Organic Oranges Individually Wrapped In Plastic

These Organic Oranges Individually Wrapped In Plastic

Hockeytruck87 Report

birdhouse 1 year ago

I thought these were Ping-Pong balls!

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#20

What On Earth

What On Earth

pointless_packaging Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

it feels like some of this stuff would exist in wall-e's world

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#21

Less Waste They Say

Less Waste They Say

stuartgibson Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

top tip - leave some potatoes wrapped in tinfoil in various places around your house. then, in the event of a house fire, you'll have a delicious snack to eat while waiting for the fire brigade to arrive.

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#22

This Is Some Next Level Laziness

This Is Some Next Level Laziness

goldfishstick Report

birdhouse 1 year ago

Who wants people touching their food this much?

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#23

This SATA Packaging

This SATA Packaging

doodledance Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

they should fill those pouches with helium, would reduce the weight and cost of postage. they could then float the boxes to you?

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#24

This Is Ridiculous

This Is Ridiculous

nelsons777 Report

Erin 1 year ago

It's pretty extra if you ask me.

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#25

There's Silly Amazon Packaging But Then There's This

There's Silly Amazon Packaging But Then There's This

wargy2 Report

Kjorn 1 year ago

peek-a-boo

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#26

If There's One Thing The World Needs It's More Disposable Plastic Packaging

If There's One Thing The World Needs It's More Disposable Plastic Packaging

radioactivecowz Report

Aunt Messy 1 year ago

People are pigs. Often when you buy bananas they look like they've been through the wars because they've been manhandled by so many slobs. It's also a way to sell overripe or overly green bananas. If they come packaged, people won't be able to take them off the bunches and leave them behind. ... I still think it's ridiculous, but I can see where they're coming from.

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#27

Amazon Used Protective Packaging To Ship My Protective Packaging

Amazon Used Protective Packaging To Ship My Protective Packaging

davedawg2000 Report

Jill 1 year ago

Inception!

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#28

These Individually Wrapped Premium Strawberries

These Individually Wrapped Premium Strawberries

hiroyamatomoko Report

Jill 1 year ago

This is quite common for luxury fruits in Japan which is often given as a present (since other types of presents take too much space in one’s home). Remeber the whole square watermelon thing? While the rest of the world giggles a bit, I can tell you these fruits are absolutely perfect i every way. I’ve never seen or tasted more consistently perfect fruit.

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#29

I Purchased A Pallet At Work And It Arrived Today

I Purchased A Pallet At Work And It Arrived Today

xconverge Report

Linda Something 1 year ago

This might be used to not confuse the people handling the shipment. An empty pallet could look like the cargo is missing or the pallet might disappear and become one of all the other pallets at a warehouse (I work in logistics). This way it's clear that the pallet is the shipment. But it still looks silly.

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#30

So Much Wasted Plastic

So Much Wasted Plastic

Nice_Sandwich Report

Miklós Nagy 1 year ago

This one seems more like an anti-theft method.

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#31

Opening A Box Of M&M's To Find A Bag Of M&M's

Opening A Box Of M&M's To Find A Bag Of M&M's

Caesar100 Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

is a single one called an m or an m&m? asking for a friend.

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#32

These Gloves Must Be So Fragile...

These Gloves Must Be So Fragile...

golflife Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

dya reckon they get paid based on how much packaging they've sent out?

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#33

Harry & David Strawberries

Harry & David Strawberries

jiyolivewell Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

bottom one is morphing and trying to escape!

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#34

Saving The Planet With 500% More Packaging

Saving The Planet With 500% More Packaging

reddit.com Report

birdhouse 1 year ago

I guess energy efficient isn't the same as environmentally friendly. Those 2 departments should really have a meeting.

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#35

Does Anyone (Besides Me) Think It's Odd That These Organic Free-Range Eggs Come In A Plastic Container Rather Than An Environmentally Friendly Recycled Paper One?

Does Anyone (Besides Me) Think It's Odd That These Organic Free-Range Eggs Come In A Plastic Container Rather Than An Environmentally Friendly Recycled Paper One?

tazgirl196 Report

Nadine Ducca 1 year ago

Yes, it's odd. We also buy organiz free-range eggs and they come in a cardboard box, which we then recycle.

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#36

Inside This 30 X 30 X30 Cm Box From Sun Was Another Box. Inside That, Was Another Box. Inside That Was Some Foam And An Antistatic Strap + Bag... Inside That? A Cr2302 Battery, About The Size Of An Australian 10c Coin

Inside This 30 X 30 X30 Cm Box From Sun Was Another Box. Inside That, Was Another Box. Inside That Was Some Foam And An Antistatic Strap + Bag... Inside That? A Cr2302 Battery, About The Size Of An Australian 10c Coin

Alex Dawson Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

didn't dr seuss write about this?

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#37

Festive Potatoes. Just Gonna Leave This One Here

Festive Potatoes. Just Gonna Leave This One Here

claRED_8 Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate.

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#38

They Sent Me This Tiny Micro SD Card (Red Thing On The Bottom Right) In This Huge Package. What A Waste Of Plastic

They Sent Me This Tiny Micro SD Card (Red Thing On The Bottom Right) In This Huge Package. What A Waste Of Plastic

SnookiWookieCookie Report

PandasDelights 1 year ago

I think it's so it doesn't "get lost" in the mail.

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#39

Dear Amazon Packaging Dept, You May Have Gone A Bit Overboard On Protecting This Burt's Bees Lotion. I'm Not Sure That This Size Box Or This Amount Of Protection Was Needed, But Thanks For Being Over Cautious

Dear Amazon Packaging Dept, You May Have Gone A Bit Overboard On Protecting This Burt's Bees Lotion. I'm Not Sure That This Size Box Or This Amount Of Protection Was Needed, But Thanks For Being Over Cautious

Lewisbl11 Report

Neeraj Jha 1 year ago

That tube of cream looks scared for being surrounded by those beefy Airbags.. :P

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#40

Pointless Packaging

Pointless Packaging

Kieran_Aspden Report

birdhouse 1 year ago

Presentation is everything.

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#41

No One Wants To Avocuddle With This Much Plastic

No One Wants To Avocuddle With This Much Plastic

pointlesspack Report

#42

Why Are There So Many Wrapper Layers? I Just Want To Eat Some Candy

Why Are There So Many Wrapper Layers? I Just Want To Eat Some Candy

elikessler Report

Vanessica Bloxgirl 1 year ago

simple, we have a lot oof these. the first pack is keeping all flavours together. the second to store a nice amount with the flavor shown. the last is an average wrapping. basically so you know what ur eating

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#43

Impressive

Impressive

imgur.com Report

Eli Lynch 1 year ago

Oh FFS.

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#44

Banana In A Bag

Banana In A Bag

ceyyceyy Report

Kjorn 1 year ago

did you buy a F*cking banana at starbuck?? cost you what? 20 bucks?

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#45

All This Packaging For A Single Mango

All This Packaging For A Single Mango

AmyW_ Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

it's enough to make a mango crazy.

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#46

Costco Packaging Is Absurdly Huge

Costco Packaging Is Absurdly Huge

congratsyoucanread Report

Nadine Ducca 1 year ago

To grab people's attention with bright colors and big letters? To make it bulky to avoid theft? Either way, it's still a TON of ridiculous packaging.

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#47

Unnecessary Packaging

Unnecessary Packaging

betinakittycat Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

Hi yeah is that the tea people? yeah, I've been dunking this bag for like, a week now and it's still not fusing. Yeah I'll hold"

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#48

If Only Garlic Had A Natural, Biodegradable Casing Instead Of Plastic

If Only Garlic Had A Natural, Biodegradable Casing Instead Of Plastic

AyeOhEwe Report

Jessica Gunn 1 year ago

These come in jars too...it's pretty convenient unlike some of the other bad packages

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#49

How Extra Do You Need To Be To Buy Individual Shallot And Garlic Bulbs In Boxes Instead Of Loose?

How Extra Do You Need To Be To Buy Individual Shallot And Garlic Bulbs In Boxes Instead Of Loose?

itsfelyn Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

for when you plan to travel to Transylvania?

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#50

What's The Point Of This?

What's The Point Of This?

CobainSchofield Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

the point? it's the lead, however, it's not actually lead its more graphite mixed with some other things, but it gives the same effect. A standard pencil would write for about 35miles, but I mean, who has ever needed to draw a line that long? a marathon is only 26.219 miles long, it used to be 26, but the royal family were sitting beyond the finish line, and insisted the winners cross the line past them, so they moved the finish line. anyway, I'm rambling, how are you?

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#51

This Nerds Easter Egg Contains A Single Box Of Nerds

This Nerds Easter Egg Contains A Single Box Of Nerds

Super_Smol Report

Thegreatcountryofverden 1 year ago

Not only is that a waste, it's a dissatpointment too. All Easter Eggs should be chocolatey.

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#52

Gummy Bear Cup

Gummy Bear Cup

Ethandrzb Report

Rich Auntie Skeleton 1 year ago

Yoooo, that's dirty.

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#53

These Tomatoes

These Tomatoes

JesHolbrook Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

anyone remember Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?

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#54

Unwrappig This Chicken Takes Longer Than Cooking It

Unwrappig This Chicken Takes Longer Than Cooking It

cDrow Report

Kara Smith 1 year ago

This is one I can actually understand. When I was living alone, I preferred to buy chicken like this so I didn't have to worry about thawing it for 9 hours at room temperature if I froze it, or worse, have all my chicken go bad and stink up the fridge.

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#55

I Ordered One Jar Of Honey Mustard And The Packaging Is A Little Excessive

I Ordered One Jar Of Honey Mustard And The Packaging Is A Little Excessive

Stoopkid17 Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

how hot was the mustard??

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#56

Dear Amazon, Are You Kidding Me?

Dear Amazon, Are You Kidding Me?

amf001 Report

Adrian Abraham 1 year ago

move your ass to the store next time

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#57

These Clementines

These Clementines

hambergerlee Report

ItsYaBoi 1 year ago

If Wall-e is real then this is the reason why (btw plz dont get mad if I mispelled the title)

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#58

100% Compostable Pods. 0% Compostable Packaging. Good One Mcdonald's

100% Compostable Pods. 0% Compostable Packaging. Good One Mcdonald's

PM_me_your_PMs_eh Report

Daniel (ShadowDrakken) 1 year ago

Some plastics ARE compostable... biodegradable plastics are being used quite a few places now. Maybe this is one of them? Maybe not, but seems the poster is making assumptions.

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#59

Following The Post On Amazon And Their Excess Packaging... I Give You My Cellophane Roll Complete With Huge Box And 55 Feet Of Paper

Following The Post On Amazon And Their Excess Packaging... I Give You My Cellophane Roll Complete With Huge Box And 55 Feet Of Paper

AsphodelNyx Report

Mary Popps 1 year ago

Or you can also buy it in stores -_-

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#60

These Individually Wrapped 3-Inch Slices Of Watermelon

These Individually Wrapped 3-Inch Slices Of Watermelon

climbingup_thewalls Report

Kjorn 1 year ago

this can be usefull for kids at school. school get so crazy about lunches... yesterday i give my kid a banana and he can't even throw it at school... he had the bring bad the old smelly rip banana peel at home without packaging... he lunch bag was a mess!!!

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#61

Look At These Lemons

Look At These Lemons

msorensic Report

Rich Auntie Skeleton 1 year ago

Let me tell you, I worked in a bar in college and restaurant citrus is some of the FILTHIEST food you can eat. I get why they package it like this, cuz lemons and other fruits that are left out for customers is covered in germs. But it is a major waste of plastic.

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#62

A Single 6mm Earring

A Single 6mm Earring

BeerWrangler Report

Kami 1 year ago

At last you can recycle…

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#63

Is This Packaging Really Necessary Zyrtec?

Is This Packaging Really Necessary Zyrtec?

explodr Report

Rich Auntie Skeleton 1 year ago

Sadly packing antihistamines and other medications like this is what they do to keep people from making meth out of them or overdosing. It's necessary, in a way.

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#64

Carrots In Japan

Carrots In Japan

alternulltivhamburg Report

stellermatt 1 year ago

I don't carrot all for this.

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#65

Wholefoods Is Selling Lemongrass *in A Plastic Box* And Charging $2.99 For Essentially Half A Piece Of It

Wholefoods Is Selling Lemongrass *in A Plastic Box* And Charging $2.99 For Essentially Half A Piece Of It

cmarie_chambers Report

Desiree Cretan 1 year ago

That's why i grow my own!!

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#66

Single Serve Wine In Plastic Cups

Single Serve Wine In Plastic Cups

intrepidfoxwine.com Report

Mama Panda 1 year ago

Who in the hell only has one glass of wine?

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#67

The Ridiculous Amount Of Unnecessary Packaging This Load Of Bread Comes With

The Ridiculous Amount Of Unnecessary Packaging This Load Of Bread Comes With

blackbird9184 Report

The Famous Junkie 1 year ago

Not really. It’s paper, and more economical than me, having to throw half a mouldy loaf away as an adult living alone.

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#68

Just As Nature Intended

Just As Nature Intended

pointless_packaging Report

Anne 1 year ago

Well either you wax them to keep from spoiling.. or you have to wrap them.. otherwise they will not make it very long

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#69

Asked For Bacon On The Side

Asked For Bacon On The Side

joantheunicorn Report

Vicky Zar 1 year ago

Well, they have only x sizes of packaging. How would you have liked your bacon? In a little paper bag?

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#70

I've Gotta Call Out Vans On This. My One Order Arrived In Two Packages Today, About 6 Hours Apart. The Second One Was My Youngest's Teeny Tiny Old Skool Shoes Rattling Around All Alone In This Gigantic Box

I've Gotta Call Out Vans On This. My One Order Arrived In Two Packages Today, About 6 Hours Apart. The Second One Was My Youngest's Teeny Tiny Old Skool Shoes Rattling Around All Alone In This Gigantic Box

_jennifersarah_ Report

Jessica Gunn 1 year ago

Guess they figure the person wearing the tiny shoes needs boxes for a fort? ....yup! That's why

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#71

Useless Packaging

Useless Packaging

knittinggeisha Report

ItsYaBoi 1 year ago

Aren't those things there to protect the thing from getting damaged?

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#72

These Apples

These Apples

pointless_packaging Report

Thegreatcountryofverden 1 year ago

I guess they're in LUNCH configuration! (Get it?)

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#73

This Kiwi

This Kiwi

sixthof13 Report

Thegreatcountryofverden 1 year ago

That's actually terrifying.

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#74

Why Not Just Buy A Fresh Watermelon?

Why Not Just Buy A Fresh Watermelon?

owen_mcleod2 Report

Basil 1 year ago

I didn't know you could get addicted to being stupid.

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#75

This Packaging. Entire Contents On The Left

This Packaging. Entire Contents On The Left

Jaylaw1 Report

SanchaTheSeeker 1 year ago

I always wonder why the box was so big

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#76

Why Though?

Why Though?

pointlesspack Report

David Jeu 1 year ago

So it stay fresh. If you want less packing buy a block of cheese and grate it yourself.

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#77

This Individually Wrapped Jelly Bean

This Individually Wrapped Jelly Bean