The majority of these openers are safety knives which can cut plastic, paper, cardboard or string. These safety knives are handheld, some have magnets so they can be conveniently kept on a fridge door.
Many food items are available in a range of packaging, some of which you may find easier to open than others. For example, bread from a bakery will probably be put in a paper bag which can be easier to manage than opening the seals used for most packaged bread.1
If possible, use smaller size cartons or packets as these will be lighter in weight. Alternatively pour the contents into two or more containers as this will split up the weight. You could use storage jars with non standard features.2 3
It may be helpful to secure a packet into position whilst opening it, perhaps by wedging the packet in a drawer.
For further advice that may be relevant to opening packaging you may like to read our advice on Choosing scissors.View references and sources of further information ›
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