today is Earth’s day and even though I didn’t have the time to put together a series of posts throughout the week to celebrate it like I had originally planned (sorry about that but you can visit my friends Dao and Paris blogs for some useful eco-friendly tips 😉 ), I still wanted to take this opportunity to
rant talk about something that irritates me: excessive packaging.
If I have to be honest with you, I don’t like it when lipsticks, eyeliners, eyeshadows and any other cosmetic and personal care products (doesn’t apply to sets or brushes obviously) come in boxes. I just feel they are unnecessary cos, unless the box is very pretty like the Sleek one pictured above or they have small tutorials on how to use the products printed on them, as soon as you as you get home you’re gonna take your purchases out and throw the boxes in the bin.
Of course, they can be useful cos when items come in boxes, chances are no one messed with them and used them as testers in the shops (don’t you just hate it when that happens? It’s so gross!). But even though I’d prefer it if they came unpacked, as long as it’s a small box that fits the items almost perfectly I don’t mind.
What bothers me is excessive packaging. Like the Fior di Magnolia lipstick pictured above has. As you can see, the box is much, much bigger than the lipstick itself. Not only that, but inside there also was a plastic holder to keep the lipstick in place which ended up in the bin ages ago. But why on earth would a lipstick ever need so much packaging?!
I actually spent quite a few minutes in front of the stand trying to figure out whether to get it or not. Part of me really wanted to try it, while the other felt really guilty about picking it up due to the excessive packaging. In the end, I brought it home with me even though I still feel guilty about it and would never repurchase it again for this reason alone.
Another example is the Olay Regenerist line. These products come in big plastic boxes that, from what I read online, are even hard to recycle. I usually like Olay skincare products but the packaging is really putting me off from purchasing these (my conscience is still bugging me from the Fior di Magnolia lippie, you know?), especially when it is totally unjustified. What’s all that plastic supposed to protect a moisturizer from?! No skincare products needs all that plastic around them and neither does the environment.
Also, some online retailers pack their goods in boxes that are way too big compared to what you bought. Kiko Cosmetics is the perfect example. I bought two eyeliners, a powder and a eye makeup remover and they delivered everything in a huge box filled with polystyrene and other fillers to protect the products.
And while I appreciate they packing everything so carefully (no one wants to open a package only to find their eyeshadow broken or nail polish open right?), such a huge box was totally, completely and utterly unnecessary. The items I ordered don’t break easily and they would have filled a smaller box, so why didn’t they use that?
Doesn’t this bother you that companies use so much packaging without caring for the environment at all? Sure most of it can be recycled (I recycle everything myself), but how many people do it? Thankfully, more and more but not enough. Here where I live it took a council law for people to start recycling, for goodness’ sake! Which sadly tells a lot about Italian people. (Although not everyone is bad an irresponsible of course, there are too many who are rude and treat streets and parks like their personal trash cans. 🙁 )
But still, wouldn’t it better if there was nothing to recycle in the first place? And what about all the plastic and other wastes that can’t be recycled at all? So much packaging wastes resources, pollutes the environment and even makes prices go up. After all, if companies didn’t bother manufacturing boxes and sent orders in smaller packages or envelopes which would cost less to send, it’s us, the consumers who would save some money.
Personally, I don’t think companies are doing themselves any favours by using all that packaging. More and more consumers are slowly starting to look for more eco-friendly products. And not just products that use natural ingredients but also those that use less packaging that can be recycled.
I, for one, know that if something I want comes excessively packaged, then I’ll think long and hard before getting it and 9 times out of 10, I’ll pass. And if so much packaging can’t even be recycled at all, then I’ll definitely skip it.
How do you feel about excessive packaging?