Thursday, 13 October 2011

a gift...

One of the things I still find odd in Japan is when you give someone a gift you will get one in return general worth a quarter to a third of the value of the gift that you gave. This goes for weddings, funerals, baby or any other type of gift. There is a whole industry that survives due to this custom. So, a while back I sent a doll to a friend for her new grandson, a couple of weeks later we get this, all beautifully wrapped and with the givers name printed on the front...


Take off the name paper and the wrapping paper (which I kept and made into a scroll for Ebi-kun) and you get to the box, also beautifully presented...


and inside? slices of cake, each individually packaged....and delicious!


As much as I appreciate the beautiful packaging I also find it extremely wasteful, I used the wrapping paper and then the box to make mini books but I suspect that most of it goes in the recycling bin. Yes, it gets recycled but wouldn't it be better if there wasn't anything to recycle? It is not only gifts that are over packaged, everyday supermarket items often have a bag within a bag and then everything individually packaged, something that I think companies should be looking to cut down on. How about where you are, are goods over packaged?

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