20 Products With Infuriatingly Wasteful Packaging

By now, you’d think that most companies would have some grasp of the need to be environmentally responsible with their packaging. Alas, it appears some execs didn’t get the message, because there are still tons of products out there with infuriatingly wasteful packaging – from potatoes wrapped in plastic to tin cans packaged in foam.

20. These strawberries

Are these the rarest, most delicious strawberries in the world? We can’t think of any other reason why they’d need such ridiculously luxurious packaging. After all, we can’t say we’ve ever been mortified at the thought of strawberries touching, to the point that they’d need individual packaging. This “solution,” then, just screams “wasteful.”

19. This pill

Look, we get it. You don’t want something like medication falling into the wrong hands accidentally, so there’s a case to be made for overpackaging it. But to this extreme? Probably not. After all, they could always have packed in more than a single pill to make better use of the space.

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18. These golf gloves

Sure, the box may be way too huge for these tiny gloves, but don’t worry – Amazon has thought of that. Indeed, it’s included a whopping seven feet of airbags to cushion those gloves and stop them rattling around. A smaller package, you say? Well, that would have been thinking outside the box.

17. These oranges

To be fair, nobody likes having their orange slices covered in dirt and grime from being left loose on the shelves. And if there was some kind of natural covering that could protect them, then there’d be no need for this kind of wasteful packaging. Alas, we don’t live in a fantasy world…

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16. This avocado

What do you get when you combine two avocado halves? That’s right: a single, full avocado, complete with its own natural, environmentally-friendly shell. And really, there’s nothing stopping someone simply cutting it in half themselves, making this waste of cardboard and plastic even more infuriating.

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15. These bananas

What is it with supermarkets over-packaging fruit? It’s not as if anyone’s out here eating banana peel, so does it really matter what its skin touches? Indeed, the whole point is that it’s supposed to protect the fruit, while also peeling away easily. Someone should probably let this store know…

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14. These jelly beans

That’s right: every single one of the jelly beans in this 5lb box is lovingly and individually wrapped, presumably for freshness. The same sort of freshness that could be attained by, say, popping them all in a single airtight box. We’re no experts, but we have a feeling that may just use a tiny bit less packaging.

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13. This USB drive

This is just baffling. Why on earth would this tiny USB connector need this much plastic surrounding it? Sure, you could make the argument that it would be too small to see on a shelf otherwise. But surely even cardboard would have been a better choice, with only the plastic necessary to seal in the USB?

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12. These M&M’s

How deep does this go? Will he open the bag of M&M’s only to find another, smaller box inside, and so on all the way down, until eventually he hits upon the single M&M in the center? Well, even if it just ends here, it’s still totally wasteful.

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11. This anti-virus software

This is basically the epitome of pointless packaging: an empty disc case with a URL to visit to download the software. Okay, so the instructions are useful and there’s a necessary barcode on the back. But the sheet with those on is all you need – not this gratuitous waste of plastic.

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10. These slices of bread

The phrase “the greatest thing since sliced bread” gets thrown around all too easily these days. And this is basically as far from it as you can get, with those slices being the root cause of this infuriatingly wasteful packaging. What was wrong with just leaving it packaged in sliced or unsliced loaves?

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9. This gum

What’s so hard about advertising this gum as “Four for £1?” Really, this store must have scant faith in its customers to have to count out its offers for them. And there’s no denying that the result is a scandalous waste of plastic.

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8. This memory card

Anyone who’s ever ordered anything from Amazon will be aware that the company does have smaller, thinner card-backed envelopes in which to ship out small items. Quite how this Micro SD card wound up getting shipped in a huge box, then, is beyond us. Sure, cardboard is recyclable, but this is still incredibly wasteful.

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7. These Tic Tacs

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What exactly was wrong with the normal-sized Tic Tac boxes? If you really want to sell a gift set with four different flavors, just package all those flavors inside their own collective boxes, rather than smaller boxes of just six Tic Tacs. Let’s face it: nobody ever eats just six anyway.

6. These running socks

Amazon strikes again. Yes, that’s another huge box, and another seven feet of airbags – this time for three pairs of running socks. You’d think a well-oiled machine like Amazon, with its same-day shipping, would be able to make sure its packaging was equally as efficient, but apparently not…

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5. This potato

The irony of this packaging is almost too much to bear. A “handy portion?” It’s a single potato. Who couldn’t work that portion size out for themselves? And don’t even get us started on “less waste,” because this is absolutely the complete opposite of that. After all, loose potatoes are totally a thing.

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4. This crab meat

Why? Why and in what universe was this necessary? It’s like taking the Amazon box for the socks and putting it inside a big wooden crate, then shipping that. Totally superfluous, totally wasteful, and a total disgrace to the environment. Yes, packaging doesn’t get much more infuriating than this.

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3. This suspension component

Okay, so with something this small you need to take the packaging a little bigger, or you’d only end up losing it. But this is taking it way too far – what’s wrong with a simple cardboard blister pack? Yes, this is simply overcompensation on the part of the manufacturer, at the expense of the environment.

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2. These coconuts

Phew. That’s a relief. Can you imagine if someone got their grubby hands all over your precious coconut shells, which you were definitely going to eat as soon as you got home? Yeah, this is made even more ridiculous by those apples and peaches left out in the open alongside.

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1. These potatoes

You’ve got to wonder what was going through the heads of whoever decided that this was a good idea. Perhaps they’d never seen a potato before? Or maybe they just have some kind of weird vendetta against Mother Nature? Either way, it’s about as wasteful as it gets.

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