Plastic Packaging from Fresh Produce – What’s the Impact?
Plastic packaging makes our lives more convenient, but at what expense? Its durability means that it never disappears. Its constant presence in our daily lives (including in our food packaging) has led to widespread pollution.
Plastic is choking our oceans, polluting our waterways and even contaminating our food, but it still dominates our shelves.
Fruit and vegetables are washable and often come in their own – compostable – wrapping designed by nature. Yet we choose to display them in plastic trays, themselves cling-wrapped in another layer of plastic.
The way to reduce the impact from consumer packaging is to make better choices when we buy and consume food. As consumers, our food choices impact how much packaging we use and, therefore, how much trash and recycling we create. While recycling helps minimize the amount of packaging that makes its way to a landfill, some basic choices can eliminate the need for the packaging in the first place.
You can take other actions too. Next time you shop, make a complaint about plastic at the customer helpdesk. And if you’re a social media user, share pictures of over-packaged food – ‘@’ your local supermarket using the hashtags #GoPlasticFree to spread awareness.
At The EcoFairy, our goal is to help you build a more sustainable life by offering you a line of reusable products. We offer products that last and that will help you reduce the amount of plastic you use.
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