If you're buying a small amount of nails at a hardware store in the U.S., they come in paperboard boxes; in Europe, apparently they're sold in plastic packaging. Thus Anna Lena Idel and Thomas Kucyk, both product design students at Germany's Muenster School of Design, created this for their packaging design class:
"SNAIL is a plastic-free alternative to conventional nail packaging. In search of a more manageable nail packaging, SNAIL was developed with a view to smaller projects, especially for do-it-yourselfers.
"The separate line-up of the nails enables individual nails to be removed with one hand. The integrated belt suspension also ensures that your hands are free. In addition, SNAIL nails can be dosed quickly thanks to a simple perforation and SNAIL always provides an overview of the remaining number of nails. If SNAIL is not used, it can be closed again.
"SNAIL is a mono-material packaging. The increased grammage of the cardboard of 300 g / m² ensures the stability of the packaging. Its natural brown color and the leathery surface structure complete the fulfilling DIY experience that SNAIL stands for."
I think it makes perfect sense for the DIY'er, who's maybe going up a ladder to hang a few pictures. Nice work Idel and Kucyk!