Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Settling of Contents

That used to be a warning on cereal boxes, some settling of contents may occur, meaning your cereal box may not be full to the brim. I understood that, a shaking down.

No such warning that I saw came on the 3kg container of Vanish, formerly known as Napi-San, a product sold here by Reckitt Benckiser, perhaps formerly Reckitt Coleman, a world wide multinational giant.

I have helpfully put a mark on our new container of Vanish, where the level of detergent reaches in the container. Some considerable settling of contents has happened, like nearly half the container. Too much time on my hands? I did weigh it and it was over its advertised 3kg weight.


Nevertheless, I see it as false marketing and much more plastic is used than is required, and isn't plastic a huge problem in this 21st century. My 2018 pretty blue and strong South African water bottle is in the background. I haven't bought a bottle of water since. In Australia and New Zealand, I've just kept topping it up with tap water, as I will do in Britain. I just have to make sure it is empty when I go through Border Security in various countries.

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  1. I abhor all the plastic used tho recently I noticed, even out here on The Edge, a company has opened up with a bring your own containers policy. It should be de rigeur in all countries. We are absolutely mad to destroy our planet in this way.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, and that is exactly what we will do if plastics are not put under control. We have at times taken containers to be filled with things, rather than normal packaging.

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  2. Crazy rip offs these days. They have changed content amount on almost all products here in the US also but kept the container size the same. Tricky way to rip off consumers without them knowing...

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    1. Annster, so many things like that have happened. I've noticed recently how much the size of biscuits, cookies, has been reduced.

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  3. Sigh. That practise irritates me as does the other too common rip off of making the product smaller in size and continuing to charge the same price.
    I don't think I have ever bought water. Tap water for me.

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    1. EC, reducing the number of tissues in a box comes to my mind. I only buy it when I need a new water bottle, which R tells me it is not often enough and my bottle looks disgusting. Of course in some countries when travelling we have bought bottled water.

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  4. I've noticed the 'settling' of contents too. It's a tad irritating.

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    1. Sandra, at best it is irresponsible packaging. At worst, trying to cheat people.

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  5. I never buy bottle water. Here where I live...this whole area up here on the mountain depends on its own water supply...rainwater and the mountain aquifer. Many properties, including this one, have their own bore. The aquifer supplies crystal, pure, beautiful water.

    The size of the container for the amount of its contents certainly seems way out of whack!!!

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    1. Lee, a mountain aquifer, that's interesting. No chance of it being saline on the mountain.

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  6. I do so enjoy zero calorie flavored water. Yes, in plastic. But in my town we recycle everything! (You should see all the containers for collection in my house!) I'm quite annoyed by "settling" as well. In my opinion, false advertising.

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    1. Maribeth, as previously discussed, our recycling here had gone to the gods because of the ineptitude of our governments. It could be described as a crisis at the moment.

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  7. I'm wondering how much of that 3kg weight is the plastic bottle? If the plastic is thick and strong, you could be short-changed on the actual contents by quite a bit.
    I remember when proper Napisan was available and it did the job as advertised. Now that it's Vanish it doesn't work half as well and now there is Vanish Gold too. If the product works, why do they need to make different varieties? Bring back the original Napisan I say!

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    1. River, I can't say I've noticed a difference in how well it works compared to Napisan. I use it rarely. R wanted to get the Gold but I talked him out of it. It was much more expensive. It is as you say, like saying our other product doesn't really work, so you have to pay for this better one. It is quite a heavy container itself, so it does need to weigh over the 3kg.

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    2. Anonymous6:25 pm

      Hi

      If you have the time, check out the list of active ingredients on the side of the name brand and the generic/no brand soakers. You may need a magnifying glass to read it, but the information is there. They have the same ingredients, but the name brand is twice as expensive.

      Cheers

      Marie in Perth WA

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    3. Thanks Marie. My partner saw a study or similar that compared Vanish to the Aldi alternative and the Aldi product was just as good. However, because we buy it in a 3kg container at Big W, it costs less than the smaller Aldi product. Good to hear from you. Thanks.

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  8. I have a bottle of water next to my bed which I fill with tap water every night tastes the same to me. If you buy a big container you expect a lot of product not to be half full.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, water to me usually tastes the same, although if we heavy rain, extra chlorine seems to be added and it can taste different then.

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  9. Fancy having such a large bottle half full - really! Agree with you on that.
    Always drink bought water much nicer taste than our water out of the tap. We are suppose to have good water, but too much chemical in it I can taste so hence the bought bottle water as I can't taste any chemical in that.

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    1. Margaret, interesting about your water. See my comment above. I can't remember your water tasting any different, not that we drank much, more wine than water.

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  10. That's rather like the bags of crisps I buy; 90% air, 10% crisps.

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    1. Cro, true, there can be an awful lot of air packed in with crisps.

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  11. I've found most packages be they cardboard or plastic are far too big for the contents, which is a shame when they should be "saving" the planet from more plastic.

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    1. I find that too Sami, but not to the extent of the Vanish. I might just email the company with my photo.

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  12. Gosh that really is an overuse of plastic in the bottle of Vanish but blimey I am mega impressed at the amount of use you have had out of that South African water bottle, well done you!

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    1. Grace, they build 'em strong in southern Africa.

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  13. I will certainly agree with the plastic problem in our world. Us trashy humans, just tossing things when and where we feel like it, and then the wildlife and birds suffer the results. So I'm good with a ban on most plastic bags, like has just been done (I think) in Oregon. That's something we need to do and get used to doing it and for awhile some of us will whine and complain but there's no need for single use bags. Off my soapbox. Too bad you just can't take a jar to your market and bulk fill it over and over with your products.

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    1. Strayer, at the end of the year single use plastic bags will be banned here in all shops, not just supermarkets as now. The irony is we now have to buy plastic bags, but I'd rather do that than having other people's flying around in the air and in the water.

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