Saturday, June 4, 2011

Egregious Packaging

World Kitchen, the online distributor of all things Pyrex, has just landed themselves on my shit-list for Egregious and Wasteful Packaging. We have, over the last few years, gradually moved away from using conventional tupperware, and now pack most of our leftovers in these Pyrex storage bowls with plastic lids. We purchased some knock-offs second hand a while back, too. We've yet to break any, and have probably gotten a few dozen uses from each, with every intention of a few hundred more. As a bonus, they don't turn yellow when I store curries in them.

Problem is, even though the bowls are immutable glass, the lids from the knock-offs haven't fared as well. They are made of flimsier plastic, and almost all have developed a split along the edge, which means they have started to leak. It seems ridiculous to retire a perfectly good glass bowl just because the plastic lid has gone bad. After some searching, I determined you can buy replacement Pyrex lids onesey-twosey from World Kitchen.

The lids arrived today, packaged thus:

A cardboard box 6" x 6" x 15", filled with bubble wrap, all for six discs of plastic. Were they afraid the lids would shatter from the rigors of the journey? Would an envelope have been too much trouble?

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