The blister packaging that has become so prevalent in compact fluorescent light packaging irks me. It is a step in the right direction to change all of your lights to compact fluorescent bulbs, however a step in the wrong direction to buy them in an oversized acetate blister pack. What ever happened to the simple, space efficient, recycled, corrugated sleeve? I realize that the more substantial packages probably helped Wal-Mart hit its goal to sell 100 million of these, but is there no better way to package/display these? I hope that the bulb manufacturers go back to the cardboard sleeve packaging once these become the standard choice for consumers.
Update 07.30.09: A student from Art Center College of Design, my alma mater, came up with a brilliant new package idea for GE CFLs. The design, by Kevin Kwok, stacks beautifully, has a simple color-coding system, and is printed on pcw (post consumer waste) cardboard. Kevin has even designed them as self mailers for a proposed recycling program. Huge, huge improvement. I hope GE sees this and contacts Kevin to purchase the idea. Check it out on the dieline.