UPDATE 14/8: So a couple of weeks after we first posted the question, the results are in and it is interesting to see that the overwhelming majority of voters were not too fussed about packaging and preferred really enough to keep the product protected. We are pleased by the results. Certainly shows a demand for greener more eco products.
Here at Clove we consciously work to try and avoid over packaging.
There has been a gradual move within the technology industry to reduce the amount of materials used when it comes to packaging products and we are now seeing form the likes of HTC more eco friendly, bio-degradable packaging.
It is amazing what innovative box designs we can see for some products now.
So this got me thinking, as to what the general consensus is on packaging?
Personally, if I go to buy a product in the shop, I want the package to look nice and be enough to tell me what it is all about and enough to protect it for the journey home but I do not want something overly bulky.
If I buy something online, I often want less packaging to keep the cost and bulk of the parcel down, but of course want it to be packaged so it is not damaged in transit. Preferably I want it packaged in paper and not polystyrene or air pockets.
I wouldn’t say I was an eco warrior, but I do believe too many companies use too much plastic and packaging in places they do not need too. In the end we generally throw it away.
I think it is about getting a balance. Less packaging can keep costs down for everyone and cost savings could be passed on, they probably wont be, but I would feel a bit better for knowing a few less resources had been used.
However I know others who hate getting something ‘bulk’ packaged, they want the fancy boxes and would by quite happy if their latest phone purchase came in a box the size of of a box for a desktop computer.
So what is you view? Vote in the poll below, but leave some more detailed feedback in the comments.