Amazon’s amazingly wasteful packaging

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“Why did they come in such a big box,” asks my 14-year-old daughter, Emma, who is hopeful she won’t need them – special dental flossers for kids who wear braces – beyond summer’s end. But she needs them now and none were available at my local grocery or two pharmacies, so, I had resorted to Amazon.

Two days later, a box big enough to hold a DVD player lands on our doorstep carrying two tiny packages of 24 flossers, the pair wrapped tightly together in more Amazon plastic.

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The box measures 15.5 by 13 by 3.5 inches.

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The flossers – made of nothing more than plastic and dental floss – neither breakable without serious intent, were not only tightly bound in an extra layer of Amazon wrap but then encased in five full feet of those air-filled plastic pillows, which I must admit beat the stuffing out of packing peanuts.

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Some perspective: the box on one of my kitchen chairs.

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A package of flossers on the same chair.

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And next to an electric socket.

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I don’t have a scale that could confirm this, but the packaging and the flossers seem to weigh about the same, which isn’t much.

Yes, I understand that a portion of the responsibility for this wastefulness lies with the customer, as this isn’t the first time that a purchase has arrived from Amazon with grotesquely disproportionate packaging. Had I tried a few more stores I probably would have found the flossers.

Nevertheless, it sure seems to me that a padded envelope could have gotten them to my house safe and sound.

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