Day TWO (and happy Tuesday by the way!) of BLOG WEEK and today our topic is in honor of all of the petitions that have been flying around online lately (for example: petitioning to change the names of the diabetes types so that they may enjoy some autonomy since they are, in fact, DIFFERENT diseases). In that spirit, today's topic is: who would I write a petition to and why...hmmmmm... good one.
Aside from the obvious, petitioning a "higher power" to wipe clean the slate of humanity and rid us of these terrible diseases... and focusing on the mundane and "PIA" and frustrating issues we deal with as parents of a type 1 diabetic I think I will choose to go with the wasteful packaging. I would choose to petition the manufacturers of the diabetic medical supplies to ease up a bit on the wasteful packaging excess.
Now, I am sure some of this stuff is necessary for safe shipping and storage. But the first thing I do when I receive my shipment of test strips is open the box and consolidate the little tubes into HALF the number of the little tubes! HALF! Now, if you knew how much those little suckers cost, I can only imagine how much all of that additional packaging (the tubes, labels, boxes, space in the warehouse, shipping boxes, shipping cost, etc) this costs to waste this space when clearly twice as many strips fit into the tubes. I would venture to say they could pass at least SOME savings onto the diabetic consumers (who are already paying so much for all of their supplies) if they cut out on some of this waste.
This is what the tube looks like when it arrives - this is "FULL!"
Not to mention being a little kinder on the environment. And don't get me wrong, I am not an environmental fanatic. I do my part - I recycle, I turn off the water when I brush my teeth and chase after the kids to turn off the lights when they leave a room. But think about the amount of trash we could cut down on if these companies reduced by half their packaging. As any diabetic will tell you, we go through A LOT of these things!
So, my petition would be to petition the manufacturers, who, don't get me wrong, I still LOVE because they make our lives MUCH easier, to perhaps be more mindful of the packaging practices.