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Redundant Box?

Today I bought a thing of contact lens cleaning solution, which comes in a bottle… that’s sealed in a box.

Why is there an extra box around the bottle? I guess the same applies to stuff like cough syrup. I had a few guesses that ended up still not making sense.
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Styrofoam Peanuts

Includes Styrofoam (polystyrene) packing peanuts, not starch-based packing peanuts.
Styrofoam peanuts are non-biodegradable and toxic, whereas starch-based peanuts melt in water and are non-toxic. Salted peanuts are commonly consumed as snacks.
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Dryer Lint

This stuff seems to be good for one thing and one thing only: setting on fire. Clean your lint trap often, as lint buildup decreases the efficiency of your dryer. As far as I know, lint isn’t even close to being an environmental hazard, so you don’t have to worry too much about this one. Read the rest…

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Junk Mail

Stop and eliminate flyers, coupon packs, charity donation solicitations, catologs, credit card offers, mail for previous residents.
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Floppy Disks

Includes 3.5″ or 5.25″ floppy disks/diskettes.
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Vegetables

Includes kitchen scraps (vegetable peels, roots, seeds) and wilted, not-so-prime vegetables.
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Paper Bags

Includes paper grocery bags and paper lunch bags.
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Cardboard Boxes

Includes shipping boxes, moving boxes, shoe boxes, appliance boxes.
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Books

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Computer Monitors

Includes CRT (bulky) monitors and LCD (flat panel) monitors.
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