Many things change around us as days go by and we don’t notice. Most of these changes are so subtle that we just accept them without thought. For better or for worse, some of these changes affect us and paying no attention to them can lead to problems. There a reason why there are so many awareness campaigns these days. Everyone is too busy with their lives, responsibilities and obligations to notice what’s happening. So for better or for worse, let’s take a look at the top things you didn’t know were shrinking.
This one might be a good change or a bad one, depends on your perspective. Chocolate production has been becoming increasingly expensive. In order to keep profits up, manufacturers have been slowly reducing the size of their chocolate bars with each passing year. Snickers and Twix are two of the best examples of this happening. They lost over 20% in size in only five years. That is a significant difference. Instead of charging more money for the same bar over the years, companies decide to simply reduce the amount of chocolate you can and leave the price untouched.
In 2016 Australian researchers realized that five islands in the Pacific simply vanished. This is the obvious result of global warming and the melting ice caps. Islands continue to shrink in size everywhere simply because of the rising sea levels. In some cases, island coastlines had to be evacuated because they were about to be reclaimed by the ocean.
In a similar fashion to chocolate, cereal has also been reduced in both size and quantity. The flakes have shrunk and the quantity you find in a box isn’t the same as before. Cereal manufacturers are also using this common marketing scheme of lowering the quantity instead of increasing the price. Maybe, in this case, it’s a good thing. Most cereal brands are just calorie bombs packed with sugar and very few healthy vitamins and minerals.
4. Toilet Paper
If you think your home is running out of toilet paper much faster than a few years ago, you are right. Manufacturers have reduced the amount of paper you get per roll and they got away with it. It’s not exactly practical to carry a kitchen scale with you and weigh your toilet paper rolls. Prices either stayed the same or even went up in some cases. This might be the time to start looking into your toilet paper consumption and try to cut back.
Starting to see a trend here? Pretty much everything in the supermarket is being downsized, including your groceries. Before buying a new jar of tomato paste, make sure to read the fine print on the back. You will notice that every year the weight will be lower, but the price will stay the same.