WTF? - A Industrial Design students rants

industrial design rantings, mediocre humor.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The March issue of Consumer Reports includes a feature article called "The Oyster Awards: CR's picks for America's hardest-to-open packages." It denounces those hard, transparent plastic clamshell packages that hang in stores--and that are next to impossible to open. Products have been designed which soul purpouse is to open packaging. First of all, WTF? Why are packages hard to open? To prevent theft? To work out the muscles of oafish Americans? I don't know. One thing is for sure though. Packaging needs to change dramatically. All packaging is landfilling trash in my book. Maybe it is good that packaging is harder to open so that the oil and chemicals that make up the plastics get to be used a few seconds more before they are wasted forever.

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