It’s been a long time since the things that we bought were grown or made where we live. We might have a wonderful farm shop down the road where we can be sure that the apple we’re buying was grown a stone’s throw away, but generally, the things we consume now come from far and wide. This means that we now have access to a greater range of goods. Mediterranean olives, anyone? It also means that goods are traveling further, and businesses are having varying amounts of success in working out how to package them. There are some truly wild examples of excessive packaging out there from delivery companies and grocery stores. Who knew that a roll of bubble wrap needed to be packaged in bubble wrap?
Say you needed to buy 5 tins of soup for a week of lunches. It’s chilly at the moment and a delicious steaming bowl of clam chowder with some fresh bread is going to keep you warm and full for the rest of the day. Amazon has some great deals on soup, so away you click.
You might be a bit confused when the delivery guy arrives though, perhaps you ordered more soup by mistake, or your wife has been secretly on Amazon ordering presents. Nope Amazon has just decided to put each soup tin in a different box. For reasons which defy logic, and transport costs.