Here's today's ridiculous packaging.
Here's what was inside all of those layers of packaging up close.
I'm all for safety, but five layers of packaging material seems like a bit of overkill for a one gram bottle of ethidium bromide -- even if it is slightly flammable and highly toxic. This little glass container, which came to my lab today, seemed to be packed for Armageddon.
Part of the problem with so much packaging is the materials themselves, but part of it is also how much space it takes in trucks and planes, using more fossil fuels.