I love it when clients and vendors send us gifts during the holidays. It’s a nice touch.
What totally tweaks me, though, is how wasteful some companies are when they package and ship gifts. It’s ludicrous.
It’s now that season, so we’ve been getting quite a few deliveries of cookies, chocolates and all sorts of neat stuff. A few that came in this morning made me flip out…
A very nice partner company really went all out. We got some great chocolates from Saks. But the packaging was out of control. A thin tray of chocolates was placed within a box with a false bottom, measuring about a foot square by about six inches deep. This box was wrapped in a bow and placed within a bigger box containing a shitload of styrofoam packing peanuts. That box measures 18"X18"X12". At first, I thought it was part of a shipment of computers we ordered. No shit.
A vendor sent over two trays of chocolates, each packed up like the one above, only the outer boxes were a couple inches smaller on each side.
This has been going on for years. Last year, someone shipped a tiny crystal ornament that would fit in the palm of your hand in bubble wrap. The bubble wrap filled a box about the size of one of the medium size FedEx boxes. This box was swimming in a sea of packing peanuts. Contained in a box that could have easily held a dorm fridge. The pile of topsoil I had delivered to my driveway this past spring was smaller than the pile of peanuts.
And they’re not the biodegradable peanuts, either. Those you could dissolve by pouring water on them. And we’ve got no place to store them here at the office, so they end up getting thrown out.
I understand not wanting corporate gifts to show up damaged, but damn! This is inefficient and bad news for the environment.