- Lansinoh nursing pads -- Each and every single disposable pad is individually wrapped, inside the bigger box! What the heck?! I have noticed that many other brands I have used before just come loose in a box, and that suits me fine. What is the point of wrapping each individually? They claim its to keep them "pure," or something like that, but I just see it as unnecessary excess packaging.
- Granola bars -- Every brand I know of. Now I know they would stick together if there wasn't some sort of inner packaging, but couldn't they do what they do with cookies, and put them in the one plastic thingy that separates them, rather than all the little wrappers?
- String cheese -- Sure, individually wrapping them seems to make sense for on-the-go, but I happen to know that the more "upscale" versions you get in the gourmet cheese cooler aren't packaged individually, and they are just fine. I mean, how tough is it to just grab a cheese stick out of the bag? Shoot, my kids can't even open the darn wrappers anyway!
There are a bunch of other things too, but I can't think of them all offhand. I guess my main point was just that now that my eyes have been opened to the problem, I am trying to find solutions to reduce the overpackaging waste. Beth has inspired me to make my own granola bars. I will be switching to a different brand of nursing pad. Mostly, I will just be more aware of what I do, and don't, buy. I figure if more people recognized how much overpackaging there is, more people will do something to reduce all the needless waste. That's my hope anyway.