Clamshell Rage…With A Twist

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ClamshellA few weeks ago, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy wrote a post about Arthritis Friendly Packaging. In this post, I described my personal experiences with Universal Design – which is the idea that all types of design should incorporate the needs of a wide range of users. I also went on to describe many of the difficulties that I now encounter when opening different types of packaging, due to the rheumatoid arthritis in my hands.

I asked my readers to share their own personal experiences with different types of packaging, and many of them did.

Just last night, a blog post which references what I wrote was published on This post describes how discussion (i.e. complaints) of clamshell packaging increases during the holiday season, and goes on to talk about how this type of packaging, which is difficult if not impossible for most people to open, is even more so in the hands of a person living with rheumatoid arthritis.

Please, let’s keep speaking out in this issue. It is nice to know that people are listening.

Clamshell rage…with a twist

But, as challenging as all this can be for simpletons like me, most of us have it relatively easy. Or at least not as difficult as it could be with clamshells. While starting to write this post, I came across a post from Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy’s blog.

The site has a very interesting post on arthritis-friendly packaging, which offers a unique perspective on the gamut of consumer-products packaging. Imagine some of the marginally openable packaging out there … in the hands of someone with severe joint inflammation, reduced strength, and limited range of motion.

It makes you think … and count your blessings.

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

Comments 4

  1. cateepoo

    You know what I have been thinking about since your post on packaging is the need to have hairspray bottles that are designed for everyone. There are days I cannot spray my own hairspray on and have to have the kids help while I tell them where to spray. I hate it!

    Enough about me. Yay for you getting your post noticed. Changes will happen.

  2. Marlo S.

    I have to agree with you. I have to normally get my husband to open packages for me. I also believe we shouldn’t stop there. I have had to transfer just about every personal item/bath item – such as shampoo – body wash and such into pump bottles. I purchase soaps from companies that offer a large pump bottle design. Once that item is used up, I then clean it out and then put my shampoo or body wash into it and label it. Pump bottles are so much easier to use then trying to fight with the shampoo bottle in the bath. I also hope someday they will create a toothpaste tube that doesn’t require squeezing to get it out. Yes! We need to send a message and our voices to help create arthritis friendly bottles/containers for the growing RA society. Glad I found this blog! Great postings here!

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