Osteoarthritis

5 worst examples of hard-to-open packaging for arthritis patients


People with arthritis have nominated supermarket milk bottles as the worst packaging they have to face in everyday life.

In a survey conducted by Arthritis Australia, the sealed tops of 2L and 3L milk cartons from Coles and Woolworths were voted the most problematic packaging to open:.

Other troublesome packaging nominated by people with arthritis included:

Foil tablet and foil seal packaging used for medicines:

Child resistant push-down-and-turn or squeeze-and-turn tops: 

Glass jars with a standard metal lid:

Clamshell packaging:

“It’s Arthritis Australia’s hope that more companies will look to innovative packaging ideas to meet the arthritis community’s needs. Arthritis Australia has already started to contact the companies that survey participants nominated to let them know,” the group said.

Meanwhile the winner of the best packaging was declared to be the novel two-part “orbit’ lid used on  glass jars of products like Ocean Spray Whole Cranberry Sauce.

The metal closure is designed to be universally easy to open. It comprises a central, floating panel that is vacuum sealed to the jar and an outer ring that acts as the opening and re-closing device. According to its developer the design significantly reduces opening torque and makes the packaging easy to use for consumers of all ages.

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