Friday, April 6, 2012
This morning, I saw my fox in the garden eating peanuts I had put down for the birds and squirrels. This was the first time I had seen him in months. I was glad to see that he's OK. I've missed my beautiful friend.
My Charlie is perched on top of my printer as I write, paws tucked into the content-a-cat position. The sun is warming his fur, and he looks pretty happy. I can't imagine the hard printer surface could be comfy, but whatever.
Although it has an element of "boring," I'd like to talk about packaging today. I received my Tom Ford makeup in two boxes from Neiman Marcus this week. For three tiny items, they sent two boxes - both larger than a shoe box, both stuffed with paper or lightweight cardboard. They have done this before. The boxes come from the same location, so it doesn't appear to be a result of shipping from different sources. They always arrive together on the same day. It appears they ship only one SKU per box. Isn't the amount of waste amazing? Cardboard, packing materials - and the unwarranted cost to Neiman Marcus for shipping two boxes with three small makeup items. If Neiman Marcus would make me queen for a day, I'd fix that.
It's especially interesting to me because certain sales associates are stingy with tissue paper in my bags - often using none. I've wondered if that's a corporate policy - to cut back on tissue paper. With a small item and a large bag, there's more than a negligible chance that an item could accidentally fall out. Yes, the tissue paper adds to the waste stream, but it also serves a purpose - unlike multiple shipping boxes. I do recycle everything, and I hope the packaging is being repurposed.
Don't even get me going on styrofoam shipping peanuts. I understand their purpose, but I despise them. For one thing, Charlie thinks they are cat treats. They can be harmful to pets, so I have to get them out of my house as fast as possible. Unfortunately, they can fly everywhere when I try to remove the box contents they were used to protect. Not too long ago, I bought a bunch of perfume spray bottles. Instead of putting them in a box and surrounding the box with peanuts inside the shipping box (the norm for those kinds of products), the shipper put all 100 of them loose in a large box and threw in peanuts. It took me 30 minutes to pick out each bottle and separate the peanuts from product. I will never buy from that source again.
I've also stopped buying from sources that use those thin, crinkly paper strips - thousands of them - to pack my items. No matter how careful I am, I end up with colored paper crinklies all over my house. It's the same issue I have with packing peanuts. How do you get your items out of the shipping box without spilling "stuff" all over the place?
What do you think? Am I just being cranky? There's got to be a better way!
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I hope you have a happy weekend!
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