How To Not Ship a Printer Cartridge

How To Not Ship a Printer Cartridge

Anthony Nguyen
Sep 14, 2010

As you can tell, we're sorta big on being green here at Unplggd. So it seemed pretty discerning to us when we discovered how Kmart decided to ship a single print cartridge to our doors. True size comparison and mountain of foam peanuts is after the jump, but beware green readers - this isn't for the faint of heart!

Behold, the horror! Not only did they decide to use a mountain of foam peanuts instead of the new slightly eco-friendly plastic bags filled with air, but the box wasn't even sealed properly, leaking peanuts all over our lawn by the time we got back from work.

How many gallons worth of peanuts, you ask? Well, we knew our local post office had a drop-off for packing materials, so we filled up nearly half a 13 gallon bag with the peanuts and brought it over. Doing the math, that's over 6 gallons of peanuts for a single HP printer cartridge not much larger than the size of my iPhone. Ridiculous!

Here's to hoping retail stores will begin to show a little more sensitivity for the environment when sending stuff out. Kmart, we know you're kind of a late-bloomer to the online business, but this is strike one. We hope to never see something like this again.

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