I find it interesting how the very items used to tell you a floor might be wet is a trip hazard in its own right, and they’re so commonplace that you almost don’t notice them…but not the case in an NZ department store recently…check out this humourous banana sign…but not as humourous as the fact it is actually stood on a carpet! Where exactly is the wet floor?
I know, in relation to other posts of mine, that this is a plastic object yet again (!!) but I guess at least it has a use in helping provide safety and is creative for a change…
It’s sometimes amazing what you find out about almost by accident and you wonder why it wasn’t thought about before. I found out that it was possible to remove the need for toothpaste tubes (I’ve a feeling these can’t be recycled) and mouthwash bottles by buying in tablet form! What a great idea…although I dare say it may be an old one.
When you think about it, it must be more sanitary to have a tablet as you aren’t pressing your brush onto the tube each time you use it, you chew the tablet and then brush. With the mouthwash, you chew and then add water. You can easily take on a plane, you can carry a set number with you when travelling.
Is there a drawback? Why on Earth would Lush sell these in plastic bottles? At least they can be recycled (they are made from recycled plastic as it happens) and are smaller than a mouthwash bottle would be but surely a small box would work? They aren’t cheap but just maybe these can be a glimpse into a more sustainable future…
I recently threw out an old sign for a 4 or 6 which you unfurled to wave when watching cricket, if the batsman hit the ball far enough for such a score. This sign was given away freely to everyone who went to the match with the ANZ Bank sponsor logo on it and, as with most things like this, was primarily aimed at children.
As I disposed of the item I noticed the following…there were two plastic handles (which you pulled apart to unfurl sign), there were two plastic straws (around which the sign would roll up), the sign itself was plastic film of some kind. All of these were probably intended to be one use only and then thrown away.
WHAT A WASTE!
Have you ever thought how many things are manufactured in the name of “fun” with the intention that they be wasted? Look at fireworks as a great example…blowing stuff up for fun! It’s absurd.
It’s really interesting to try asking yourself these kinds of questions when you buy things or are offered things because only by saying “no thanks” can we maybe start to change the way humankind thinks.
Since moving to NZ, I’ve noticed something I never really did while in the UK.
When a new movie is coming out, as an example, you start to notice a range of programming appear on radio and TV which are associated with it. As an example, when Bohemian Rhapsody was released in the cinema, radio stations played noticeably more Queen music and TV shows about Queen and Freddie Mercury were suddenly being aired. I guess there may be several things going on here…
1. TV companies think they will get more viewers if they show associated shows…maybe. The same is true of radio listeners.
2. The showing of those shows (or playing of music) is in some way paid for by the makers of the movie to boost ticket sales. Seems quite probable.
3. The various media channels can up their price for advertising slots during those associated shows. Again, this seems potentially likely.
Sometimes it can be quite nice to revisit prequels on TV just before you want to see the next one in the series (but please no more Jurassic Park films!) but at other times it can be slightly off-putting to be bombarded with messages. You get the same thing happening when artists are coming to play concerts.
I guess this must happen in the UK too but there are so many more media channels that you’re not aware of it as here. It’s pretty transparent.
When you live in a smaller country, a lot of adverts on TV are lower budget as the huge corporations don’t really stand to gain much by advertising (although Coca Cola, McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and Vodafone do plenty). What you get instead are small budget, local firms…and how they love a random nobody telling you that you should buy something.
Does anyone actually buy a product because someone they’ve never heard of, who is probably a paid actor, says they should? Surely not!
Also, vanity plays a part where company owners think if they appear on the advert then everyone will want to do business with them. No, no, no, it won’t!
And what fills the advertising space when there is no-one else…our friend the infomercial…an advert so desperate that they never tell you the price and after a few weeks they offer two for one…because everyone really needs two blenders, treadmills or step ladders.
Above is a ridiculous thing. It isn’t new news by any means but in New Zealand is a company called Sanitarium who make products called Weetbix and Marmite. In the UK is a company who make Weetabix and another who make Marmite (I wouldn’t be surprised if the UK products are older but I’m not sure). These products are not the same by content but do equate to a wheat-based biscuit cereal and a yeast extract spread.
Why am I telling you this? Because Sanitarium feel so threatened by these two big UK brands that they won’t allow Weetabix to be sold while clearly named on the packet…and in the spirit of free market economics, the NZ system allows them to disallow the sale of a brand which clearly looks and sounds different (Weetbix are sold in a big blue box and are square in shape). Absurd! Unilever, who own Marmite in the UK, retail their product as “Our Mate” here instead. Somebody somewhere must think consumers are stupid.
It makes me a little suspicious of Sanitarium as a brand when they behave in such anti-competitive, odd ways…although I can’t say I have issues with their products. They even tried to take a small UK importer to court over it. Madness.
You may be curious which brands I prefer…well the UK ones (especially the Marmite…no other brand comes close)…but then I grew up with them so I guess my palate is adjusted to them. 🙂
I spotted this poster (on an A4 piece of paper which was stuck to the wall of a corridor, I might add) in the entrance to the library of a local educational establishment. It tickled me…largely because the intended target group for the message are unlikely to be reading said poster at all…this is what happens when someone designing posters doesn’t understand people very well…