Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/21/more_hp_packaging/

HP breaks Japanese excessive packaging record

Still destroying the planet, one big box at a time

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 21st November 2008 09:58 GMT

Those of you who don't like trees very much will appreciate HP's continuing efforts to deforest the planet by using the maximum cardboard possible when dispatching items to expectant customers. Here's a big box the company recently delivered to loyal Reg reader Simon Lucas, who's based in Tokyo:

Photo of a large box from HP

The pen is, Simon explains, to give some idea of scale. Now, here's what the box contained:

The contents of the box revealed: one solitary DIMM

Yup, that's a solitary DIMM. Simon notes: "I was thinking of returning a faulty hard disk too, but if this is indicative of the contents-to-packaging ratio, I don't think the doors to the office will be wide enough to accommodate the replacement parcel."

A fair point. It's also possible the überparcel containing the hard disk might be strapped to a pallet for good measure. ®