pretty green packaging

Once in awhile I check out clothes online from this English based company, Pretty Green. It is founded by Liam Gallagher, former front man of Oasis, so I’ve been naturally interested in them from the beginning. Yes I am the ultimate fan boy. Anyways what I want to focus on is their packaging.

Now before I begin my analysis,  I caught something on twitter by Joe Stump :  “bubble wrap is a $3.5bn a year industry. Oh, and it can’t be single stream recycled”.  Dear bubble wrap industry, please get on that. Another way to deal with this is simply to eliminate. Use less packaging from the get go. With a name like Pretty Green, lets hope so.

So this is how it arrived:

Now I ordered once before and I received my purchase in a nifty black box.

So they need some consistency here. I wanna feel like I’m buying quality material here from a cool shop, not Ebay.

They included a cool reusable laundry bag. Nice touch. Much better than usual fluffy material squeezed into your package for no reason.

Wrapped in see through plastic with the back featuring the brand name again.

That’s it. Nothing over the top.  And that’s great! See the main concern for me is the item itself. I don’t care so much about packaging too much, as long as nothing is ruined! But someone else’s worldview about packaging may be influenced by getting that fancy bag one receives from a physical boutique shop.  I feel its great when a company puts some effort in building up that anticipation in the packaging.

The fine line is using as little as possible, yet remain aesthetically pleasing. Right?

does your neighbourhood need 10 lawnmowers?

People are using the internet more often and sometimes forgetting there is a world outside that. Well thankfully there are initiatives like Neighborgoods that are bringing the online and real world closer together. NeighborGoods.net is an online community where you can save and earn money by sharing stuff with your friends.

Check out the video (and notice the nifty logo):

Now I had a bit of chuckle of when the narrator mentioned “sharing feels good!” and thought what a bunch of hippie nonsense. But I mean why the hell not? This would reduce crime in the neighbourhood, because it would mean you actually have to talk to your neighbour, and best of all as mentioned in the video….. Why store useless crap in your garage when you can rent or borrow from a neighbour?!  This relates to studies showing that doing interesting things, experiences lead to happiness more so than buying and owning things. At the same time you need some stuff to enjoy and have these experiences! But not to the point when owning something becomes a liability.