Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Bad Reaction

I’m just a regular fellow who enjoys an occasional mint. It would be a horror to be exposed for having disgusting breath, so I try to keep mints on hand. Though a “wafer thin” chocolate mint would be most delectable and desirable; they have their down side such as remaining intact after spending a few hours in a warm car.

The remedy for me with this problem comes in the form of Mentos. They are a hard shelled gum but the gummy part eventually dissolves so you don’t spit them out. They actually get better when they’ve been in a warm car.

I usually buy them in a package of six. I recently bought a package and found they included a plastic tube in the package. This tube is a bit of marketing genius. What it is used for is wasting their product.

I’m sure you’ve seen the new trick where you place five or six of these mints into a bottle of Diet Coke and suddenly there is an eruption. If you want to read more about it and what makes it happen Wikipedia has the details.

All of the magic aside, I was kind of offended that this company not only gives me a plastic tube that I now have to place in a land fill somewhere, but they are encouraging me and everyone else to waste their product all in the guise of “Value Added Marketing.”

I have now stopped buying Mentos because of the disgusting encouragement and display of consumerism and waste. It’s not that Diet Coke and Mentos have any nutrition that does any one any good, it’s just such a waste of money that could have been put towards some good in a collection jar or basket somewhere.http://clatsoppetitions.blogspot.com/


Blogger Auntie said...

Wafer-thin? "F&ck Off, I'm full!"
-Mr. Creosote

6:31 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

As far as I know, no plastic tubes for Mentos in Canada - yet. (They are great mints to have in the car.)
Keep buying Mentos for awhile, collect the pastic tubes and mail them back to the "Mento-Makers." The tubes will still end up in a landfill, but the company might get the message.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I've never had one but always enjoyed the commercials in Europe. Noted humorist Brian Sack had something to say about those:

9:30 AM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

We won't buy those tiny M&M's minis for just the same reason...they come in a plastic tube. We get the old fashioned ones in the paper bag instead.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

My friend who was one of the You-tubers that started this thing is appalled at what the Mentos folks have done. What a waste:(

5:16 PM  
Blogger Oregon Painter said...

I live a bit further down the coast but visit Astoria from time to time for artistic purposes. :)

Many times these things come down to cost of manufacture. It's always sold as "consumer driven" but it is really about "how can we do this the cheapest way possible."

On the bright side, plastic is made from petroleum, and petroleum prices are probably only going to go up and up, so eventually it will be cheaper to go back to a paper-based package. (And that is what it will take because no matter what corporate types say, all they care about is the profit margin; the environment and consumers can suck it).

9:49 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

We can only hope, but in reality they will charge more and people will pay more.

10:27 AM  

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