June 30, 2022

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‘Wacky’ Wilko delivers 10 plant pots each in her giant box

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Angie Evans says the ‘Recycle Me’ labels on the boxes were ‘ironic to say the least’ (Picture: Kennedy News & Media)

A gardener has accused Wilco of ‘absolutely ridiculous waste’ after distributing 10 of each of the same plant pots in its giant box.

The package, ironically marked ‘Recycle Me’, constructed a seven-foot wall at Angie Evans’ cottage.

She showed how five pots could easily be stacked together and would fit in a single box.

After ordering with her husband Martin in May, Angie realized Wilko hadn’t learned her lesson when the delivery man said he had 10 parcels for her.

‘As soon as he pulled out a box, I thought, “This is crazy. They’ve done it again”, because it happened last year too,” she explained.

‘I bought 10 plant pots and they came in five boxes, so it wasn’t as bad as this time around, but still pretty wasteful.

‘I was next to me. I thought I had to apologize to him, but he said he had done this before with Wilco, where he had delivered several items spread across multiple boxes.

The delivery man asked: ‘Did you order air? Because they don’t weigh anything’ (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

‘He had to move the boxes in the back of his van all day because there were too many of them.’

Angie, 34, says the delivery man told her: ‘Did you order air? Because they do not weigh anything.

The IT analyst said: ‘He was a little surprised to find that there was nothing in them. He piled them up and they filled our living room. They reached the roof to a great extent.

Angie was stunned by the ‘crazy’ amount of packaging and found that each box said ‘Recycle Me’, ‘ironically to say the least’.

She said: ‘I think they have a responsibility towards the environment. As a large company, with a conglomerate like Amazon, they need to change and get on board.

Angie says Wilco will ‘fall behind’ as other companies become more environmentally conscious (Picture: Kennedy News & Media)

‘I can’t understand why they wouldn’t reduce it because I think it would cost less for them to actually ship the items. I can’t imagine it was cheap to send 10 boxes like this. It’s very inefficient.

‘They need to be ahead environmentally, because if they don’t adapt they will be left behind. I think policies will be made for waste in the future, and they should really get ahead in the game.’

After opening the boxes, climate-conscious 38-year-old Angie and Martin had to responsibly dispose of the mountain of packaging.

“It took me two days to work up the courage to unbox them, and then it took me about an hour to unbox everything with all the packaging and recycling,” Angie said. ,

‘I also had two recycling bags filled with plastic that were in boxes.

Angie showed how five pots could easily be stacked together and fit into one box (Picture: Kennedy News & Media)

‘Then I had to take the boxes to the bottle bank and put them there for recycling. As a customer experience it is painful.

‘I was already feeling a little guilty for being plastic, but then for them to get into that – I planted a tree in my garden the next week.

‘I like a clothing company because for every order they plant a tree and notify you once it’s planted.

‘So doing something environmentally sound as a company is also a mindset that everyone should engage with.’

A Wilco spokesperson said: ‘We acknowledge that there is still much to be done toward reducing unnecessary packaging, and we are working to address this.

‘Customer feedback is valuable to us and this customer experience has been shared with the relevant department.’

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