On Friday I did not finish my lunch sandwich, and so the server kindly wrapped up half of it for me.
I cocked an eyebrow when she brought it back to me, though, since it looked like this.
My half-sandwich came back in a plastic clamshell container big enough to hold several sandwiches, which was placed in a bag large enough to hold about 20 such containers. Seemed like overkill to me. Even at considerably fancier restaurants I’ve gotten my leftovers back simply wrapped in aluminum foil, for example. (Swan shape optional.) It also doesn’t help that it’s unlikely I’ll even eat the rest of the sandwich, since it wasn’t all that good in the first place.
Aside from being awfully wasteful, not green, etc. (though supposedly it’s all recyclable), I tend not to have much tolerance for bad packaging. A combination of awareness of waste and my own general clumsiness — having resulted more than once in nearly amputating various body parts while just trying to access something I’ve bought that’s trapped in apocalypse-proof plastic.
I’ve got even less tolerance for bad packaging after being alerted to this recently: Frustration-Free Packaging. While not a universal solution by any means, it’s good to see a proactive response from company that’s been raked over the coals so many times for the egregious waste its packaging typically produces — multiple cardboard boxes, miles of bubble wrap, mountains of air-filled plastic cushions.
Now, if only I could consistently remember to bring along my reusable grocery bags when I go shopping… (Though I’m sure the stores don’t mind at all that I keep buying more.)