A few years ago the age-old form factor of these packets – a rectangle some 7 by 5 cm in size – was supplemented by a new format, a long paper tube about the size of a finger:
So – which of these is a better form? At first glance, it hardly matters. But actually the new tubular packaging is superior to the old.
Taken apart and flattened out, you can see that while both packets carry the same 5 grams of sugar, the new form uses about 40% less paper!
This is clearly visible at the right where the two exploded packets overlay each other. Admittedly it’s only a tiny scrap of paper, but multiplied by the volume of packets used around the globe this can save quite a few trees for sure.
Oh, and the tubular packet has a bonus advantage: it can be used, in a pinch, to stir the coffee!