Fruit and veg come in their own natural wrapping. Why do we smother them in plastic?
When I arrive home from a big shop, or receive a delivery, I spend 10 minutes unwrapping packaging and putting it in the bin, renaturing my fresh fruit and vegetables before I’m able to cook them.
Plastic is choking our oceans, polluting our waterways and even contaminating our food, but it still dominates our shelves. More than 300m tonnes of it is produced each year, according to (pdf) trade association Plastics Europe. In the UK, just a third of plastic packaging used for consumer products gets recycled.
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.