It’s been perfectly fine with me to order even more stuff from Amazon during the pandemic, rather than going out to stores. I’m far from alone in this, of course. Completely sensible, and defensible.
Except for one thing: The packaging.
Today, we broke up some boxes as we prepared to put out the recycling. They come on Tuesday, normally, although we’re not entirely sure they will this time, on account of the holiday.
What you see above, in the midst of being dismantled, is the packaging for one item we ordered from Amazon — a new lightweight vacuum cleaner. We hadn’t bought one in quite a few years, and the old one had worn out. So, you know, defensible.
Except for the blasted packaging.
The machine was in the broken-down white “Shark” box at right, wedged into place by the shaped-cardboard thingies sitting atop it.
That box was in the one to its left, which was only slightly larger.
That one was in the huge box at far left, with additional packaging to hold it in place.
Not so defensible, I suppose. It’s a wonder, after all this pulp, that we have any trees left…