Many products cost less money than the packaging. High on any CD/DVD buyer’s complaints is the dratted packaging.
Some of us have problems with removing caps on containers of meds, bleach, dairy products and toilet bowl cleaners (personally, I pour bleach into the toilet bowl every few weeks, let it do its thing and then scrub the bowl).
What about all the silly protection we find (since 1986) once we are actually able without too much fuss to remove caps? Of course, you had to have realized that I’ve just opened and removed protection on a plastic gallon of bleach, a plastic bottle of ibuprofen and a plastic bottle of Vitamin C.
Speaking of plastic - we were, were we not? - while we understand that glass is more expensive and tends to break, even shatter, we got along with it very well until the arrival of divine plastic.
Which just happens to pollute (as I’ve ranted earlier) all the hell over the place and I do mean HELL. What are we able to eat these days that is not subject to some or much pollution?
We have medical science that is truly spectacular. At what price? That’s a rant I’ll save for another time and wait for the brickbats.
Now to cans: Look to the internet to learn why some cans are dangerous to one’s health. My rant happens to be about the crazy pop-tops. What? You don’t have a can opener Really? Do we know how much that pop-top is costing us? I expect that the packaging may cost more than the ingredients. These tops are found mostly on soups and stews - which I don’t buy - but I have found them on canned fruit.
If you buy cosmetics, I guarantee the packaging costs more than the ingredients. Although nail polish is not package, the bottle and brush may cost, I dunno, maybe three times as much.
The television show Sunday Morning is often enlightening as well as interesting. Yesterday, we were treated to one of the world’s most grand polo shirt. Oh-yes! Beautiful and beautifully made, right in the USA. What a good idea! The buttons only cost .3 each (wholesale), the fabric is a yard of very lovely cotton. The design is excellent (except for too short sleeves - in my opinion). This is a hellacious polo shirt. We were urged to buy it in its many colors. We need to order a half-dozen immediately. How can we pass up a bargain at a mere $150 each plus tax?
Where does the packaging come in? Oh, that! WELL! The polo shirt comes in a pretty machine-embroidered bag. So sweet, no?
As I recall, the company grossed something in the millions last year. While I’m aware that they’re manufactured in the US - as already noted - and people have jobs; and the owners pay taxes . . . 80% of the World is in Pain (remember that blog?). Rather than figure out the percentage of world hunger, try this:
Know Your World Facts about Hunger and Poverty
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?