Stupid Product Contest!
Millions in prizes*

I'm starting a thought competition to describe the most wasteful product or packaging that you have observed recently. You can enter as many times as you wish. You can suggest actual wasteful packaging or imaginary products that you propose that are even more wasteful. Extra points if one of your outrageous ideas actually turns up for sale in the future.

I'll start off with a couple of my own examples to give the flavor (but don't think you have to restrict yours to grocery items).

My "how dumb can it get" moment was triggered by an ad for individually wrapped prunes that I saw recently. Apparently this is being promoted as a new snack food "item". Other recent innovations I've seen include individually shrink wrapped potatoes and rigid plastic containers of salad greens. I could go on, but you get the idea.

As the world goes from the "empty" one before the industrial revolution where people lived in small communities and were in basic harmony with their environment to a "full" one where arable land, water and prime living space are all becoming scarce it is important that we buy what we really need and do away with items that are wasteful, foolish or use too much packaging.

*The "millions in prizes" are the millions of kudos you gain from those who read your contributions to this essay. Some things are just worth more than money - praise is one of them.

Waste not want not.

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Copyright © 2007 Robert D Feinman
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