Creating or finding good functional packaging is a challenge. The right product package must reflect the brand and appeal to customers, all while keeping an eye on convenience and safety. Some companies, like Apple and Nike, constantly research and develop innovate packaging designs they know their customers love.
Other companies either lack the creativity or enough care for the fact that packaging is a major contributor to our global trash crisis. At best, bad packaging is annoying to consumers. At worst, it costs us billions globally to dispose of it all.
From shrink-wrapped fruit to oversized cardboard boxes, scroll through these images of the times packaging is the absolute worst.
#1 Why are we packaging bananas, folks?
#2 Same with avocados.
We are perfectly capable of halving our own avocados.
#3 This ginormous box shipped a ruler.
Maybe the person in charge of shipping should have measured it first.
#4 Again, with the produce.
Just let everyone pick their own. They could even put them in bags they bring from their homes. It will all be okay.
#5 This gas can of tea makes me think I could probably brew my own using a teeny biodegradable tea bag and some hot water.
#6 On the other hand, no one needs tea bags individually wrapped in plastic.
#7 Okay, this is too much packaging for some crackers and bologna.
#8 This is a hell of a lot of packaging for ONE PILL.
#9 All this packaging for a light bulb?
#10 Not impressed.
#11 Cheese wrapped in plastic wrapped in plastic.
#12 Because chips must lie in a tray inside a tube.
#13 That time you only needed one egg.
#14 Oftentimes, choice cuts of meat are available for purchase at the butcher case where it will be wrapped in paper and a piece of tape or string.
#15 Tic-tac boxes of boxes of Tic-tacs.
#16 Why does whatever this is get its own pallet?
#17 This over-packaging makes me crabby.
Scroll further for 3 bonus images of worst ever packaging designed to make you cringe!