Packaging: driving me to insanity 0



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I am usually a mild, kind and gentle person; that is, until confronted with ‘commando’ packaging!

Peel back labels, resealable packaging, tear off tops…. they are all a challenge

I hate the make up package, when it takes a knife or a saw to get into my lipstick or mascara, not just one layer, but several layers and a few tears later, I get to my new look. For this I need a pen knife.


I hate the Christmas toys that by the time they are opened the child has not only lost the batteries, but is shaving.  Poor grand parents waiting to proudly see the child playing with the toy wait while bubble enclosed parts sit smugly unopened. They could be in the retirement home when that happens. Again my trusty knife comes out, my husband winces.


I loathe the food jars that reduce to me to tears. Although my husband got me a whizz bang gadget that site under the dresser shelf, I have yet to master it. Bottle tops and jars don’t budge.  I do a Basil Faulty, I address the bottle or jar thus… ‘Right we’ll see who wins this round!” and out comes the trusty knife again.


When did biscuits become so high tec? I remember when we bought loose biscuits from big jars and they took them out to serve us with their HANDS goodness gracious me, imagine that, also imagine that without a sleeve of plastic and wrapping. I also know I rarely had any illness as a child, and never suffered from allergic reactions.


I can understand that tools need to be protected with blades, and sharp parts, but why oh why does a two dollar paint pallet for my acrylic paints need a solid plastic coat? It is not for food, it is not sharp it has no dangerous parts and is not made of toxic material. Gets me riled every time.


Meat in trays, well I can allow that. But the so called easy ‘open top’ for the raspberries I buy from the freezer. Give me a break! Might be easy for an ambidextrous monkey, but the trusty scissors perform the duty and the top is left to be pegged by an old fashioned clothes peg on its return. See works for me.


The peel back lid on the plastic wrap cheese? Huh! I can never get the little corner, don’t they forget that we oldies have less nimble fingers?


I am in the shower, I have a new sample conditioner, it has a little sachet that is clearly marked ‘open here’. I can’t do it. With soap in my eyes and slithering across the floor dangerously I get the nail scissors, that is when I drop the lot on the floor, step on the sachet and nearly collide with the taps.


I imagine some poor old woman living alone trying to open all the array of wrappings on her own, what a life that conjures up? If I am that woman, I shall have an array of power tools, a few trusty knives, and a nail file, in fact I shall be armed and very dangerous. Just call me “Commando Granny”

Let me know your pet packaging hate.


Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. I so agree Jacqui, drives me crazy, especially the toys for the grandchildren, takes forever to undo all those ties, the children stand waiting and watching, hurry up Oma they say, but untying dozens of these dam things takes time. Another thing that annoys me is the small writing on shampoo and conditioner containers, I don’t know about others, but I don’t wear my glasses in the shower!!

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    • Yes the small lettering too!! oh another angry rant coming, trying to read one instruction my husband got out a magnifying glass. Not friendly to us as we age is it?

  2. Oh yes, I agree with everything you said and small lettering too. I know I need more light to read but I know that the print is much smaller at well. Just when we are supposed to reading more to find out good and bad ingredients, country of origin or pretended origin. I hate grocery shopping these days, takes so darned long!
    My cat will only eat one kind of meat, yes, I know, another peeve–fussy cats. But said packaging has a plastic sealed “peel corner tab” 9 times out of 10 this won’t cone unpeeled and I resort to a knife. I am a woman living alone and often I wonder what I will do with those jars when my muscles just get a little more weak.
    You certainly hit the nail on the head Jacqui, with this post.

    Oh and by the way you can buy a dangerous electric tool and it isn’t all sealed up in plastic!

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    • Yes we both suffer, the trusty knife comes out for so many things,and unfortunately I destroy some jars with lids I can’t open, they are all no use for preserves after my attack.
      We have two fussy cats.So sympathise. little darlings rule our lives.
      Nice to know I am not alone.

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