I’ve been inspired by packaging [day 28 & 29]

I’ve been inspired to create an art series, or maybe this will be a new addition to my Excessable series.  The extreme disposable excess in packaging baffles me.  In some cases, I understand where they’re coming from, however that equates to about 10% of my understanding.

mens-shirt-blank-canvasMen’s shirts.  I wrote a blog post about the ridiculous amount of packaging in men’s shirts.  It takes a good 10 minutes to take a shirt out of the package.  I’m thinking Whodini wouldn’t even be able to do it much quicker.

My idea is to use the shirt as my canvas.  I’ll attach all of the packaging to it to make info graphics to educate people about the waste.  Why buy a shirt that’s packaged like Fort Knox, using 13 different types plastic, paper and metal when you can just buy one off a hanger?  Then you can give the hanger back to the store for reuse? 

toy packagingKid’s toys.  I have to mention this after my cousin Meghan mentioned it recently.  On some level, I have to defend this.  I worked for Toys “r” Us for many years.  I saw the large number of parents who allow their kids to roam the store and open any and all of the toys they want to.

Toys have wires, cardboard, tape, paper and enough plastic pieces, that if you creatively repurposed them into doll house furniture, you could furnish Barbie’s house and 7 of her closest friends.  Seriously?  I think there’s a happy medium in here somewhere.

I will continue to make the best choices possible when it comes to packaging once this challenge is over.

Photo credit: blog.babygizmo.com