I received my first Soylent (two weeks worth) and so far it is great. I could not be any happier with the product itself. But the packaging really needs some thought. First of all the shipping box is at least twice as big as it really needs to be so there is obviously room for improvment.
I appreciate that each days worth of Soylent is sealed in an airtight package that should keep the contents fresh for many months. The package also allows the bag to be re-sealed after opening. That is very nice but that is not really a necessity for me, and I suspect a large majority of the other users. I simply dump the entire package into the blender to make 2 liters of Soylent every two days (I am only eating it for breakfast and lunch). So the extra expense of having a re-sealable bag is wasted on me.
Also the size of each bag appears to be much larger than necessary. The bag is also difficult to pour into the blender without spilling Soylent on the counter. I think for my use a large can (like a 5 pound coffee can) with a plastic recloseable lid would work much better. If the can could hold 5 bags of Soylent storage would be much easier. And I would have a use for the measuring cup they sent me.
If the cans could be made square then they would fit together in the shipping box and it would be possible to send three weeks of Soylent in the same size box they ship a single weeks supply now.
I am not an industrial designer, but I bet if they hired one for a few weeks they could save tons of money on shipping and packaging.