Environment

Supermarket Packaging and it's impact

Environment

Posted by: margaretjulia

26th Jan 2012 04:35pm

Supermarket packaging of bakery, meat and some fruit and vegetable seems to be excessive. What do you think?

Comments 14

jules06
  • 6th Oct 2012 06:58pm

kids toys are worse. i think with food i prefer to know my meat is well packaged and any cut fruit and veg. the amount of handling 1 little package of sausages has in a day is a lot of potential contamination.

momo23
  • 4th Oct 2012 04:06pm

Agreed. There is so much waste with all the plastic trays used for bakery items such as donuts and cookies - even if you are buying a pack of four.

havalaugh
  • 13th Sep 2012 08:00am

What about this! I went to a fairly new chocolate shop in Melbourne city and bought a small muffin already wrapped in paper as they are baked that way. The shop attendant asked me if I was eating in or t/away. I stated take away instead of placing in a small bag. She folded up a cardboard box, which would have held a block cake then placed into the same size printed paper bag. I was gob smacked. Any wonder we are loosing forests I thought as I gazed at my lonely little muffin sitting in the corner of this large box. Two mouthfuls and it was gone along with the clean box and printed paper bag into the bin. Waste, waste, waste, that's all I could say to myself!!! Shame on these companies...

LizzyC
  • 30th Aug 2012 01:56pm

Totally agree - I try and shop at the fruit & vege shop and the butcher, that way there is less packaging and I buy exactly how much I need. I also try and buy large cereal boxes etc - cheaper and less packaging in the long run. Every little bit helps.

sana
  • 16th Apr 2012 01:18pm

Well I feel extremely guilty that I had 2 chicken skewers which contain 4-6 pieces on the stick.instead of 1 serving, 2-3 pices, that means that I have ate extra which means 1 cardboard box, & one more plastic bag has finished too quick. If I could food in the freezer for a much longer time, which eventually means that I have preveted the bigger cost also of food & I could say that "supermarket packaging is not excessive". then maybe we can say that it's not execssive

& a person should say that meat is an animal, "how can I eat more than I need, an animal is a living creature, I should respect that & know that there are more than jjust mre, there are children, the elederyl & pregnant people who also eat meat, " & plastic is artificial, and it's bad to waster paper & trees just because of an uncontrolled appetite.
So the ans is, if you feel that there is too much plastics, bags etc being used in this generation, do what I do, and prevent it, because there is a big population, so it's right packaging in the bakery indus, meat indust, & the fruit & veg is very high. Until, we can somehow buy food more organically.
Also, It's merely imposibble to buy fruit veg's, in modern society without packaging, unless maybe you are buying a plant, such as tomatoes or Strawberries. How can we buy without boxes & plastic? it's very hard, unless
So I think it's too much. I work part time so I have the time to make bread in a bread maker, so that's one less plastic/paper bread bag being used, this can also eliminate preservitives, which research has shown to reduce headaches for bread eaters, but not many people have the time, & bread is a staple food, I know a lot of bread eaters, and most of this bread eaten comes in a plastics recycalble bag. & WHY DO I DO THIS?? Because my while life I have felt exactly that way, that there are too many cerreal box purchases since I was born, & too many plastic bags holding my vegies,

sana
  • 16th Apr 2012 01:18pm

Well I feel extremely guilty that I had 2 chicken skewers which contain 4-6 pieces on the stick.instead of 1 serving, 2-3 pices, that means that I have ate extra which means 1 cardboard box, & one more plastic bag has finished too quick. If I could food in the freezer for a much longer time, which eventually means that I have preveted the bigger cost also of food & I could say that "supermarket packaging is not excessive". then maybe we can say that it's not execssive

& a person should say that meat is an animal, "how can I eat more than I need, an animal is a living creature, I should respect that & know that there are more than jjust mre, there are children, the elederyl & pregnant people who also eat meat, " & plastic is artificial, and it's bad to waster paper & trees just because of an uncontrolled appetite.
So the ans is, if you feel that there is too much plastics, bags etc being used in this generation, do what I do, and prevent it, because there is a big population, so it's right packaging in the bakery indus, meat indust, & the fruit & veg is very high. Until, we can somehow buy food more organically.
Also, It's merely imposibble to buy fruit veg's, in modern society without packaging, unless maybe you are buying a plant, such as tomatoes or Strawberries. How can we buy without boxes & plastic? it's very hard, unless
So I think it's too much. I work part time so I have the time to make bread in a bread maker, so that's one less plastic/paper bread bag being used, this can also eliminate preservitives, which research has shown to reduce headaches for bread eaters, but not many people have the time, & bread is a staple food, I know a lot of bread eaters, and most of this bread eaten comes in a plastics recycalble bag. & WHY DO I DO THIS?? Because my while life I have felt exactly that way, that there are too many cerreal box purchases since I was born, & too many plastic bags holding my vegies,

Katiebear35
  • 13th Apr 2012 12:43pm

I don't shop at Aldi as they used too much packaging on their fruit and vegetables. I like to pick my own rather than have it prepackaged.

faerydoc
  • 20th Mar 2012 09:58am

I agree - much of the packaging is excessive and I always feel a twinge of guilt when I take all that packaging off and throw it in the bin. By the same token, though, it always worries me when I get nuts out of the open bins at Woolies - how do I know no-one has spat on them or doen something worse?

s
  • 13th Oct 2014 10:55am
I agree - much of the packaging is excessive and I always feel a twinge of guilt when I take all that packaging off and throw it in the bin. By the same token, though, it always worries me when I...

Fruit in the supermarket sometimes comes in plastic containers with no lids these containers are able to be used again. As I wash them and use them in my fridge as containers for different fruits. And also if I have only used a portion of a vegetable I place cling wrap on it and place it in this container and this keeps everything orderly.

I was in Woolworths one day when I saw a man go to the open bins and grab a handful of nuts and walk off with them!

faerydoc
  • 2nd Apr 2012 06:08pm
ive worked in many food packaging company's and i'm not sure sharon should have such faith in the hygene standards of pre-packed food.

Oh now I'm really scared!

tangles
  • 2nd Apr 2012 01:13pm
I agree - much of the packaging is excessive and I always feel a twinge of guilt when I take all that packaging off and throw it in the bin. By the same token, though, it always worries me when I...

ive worked in many food packaging company's and i'm not sure sharon should have such faith in the hygene standards of pre-packed food.

Hilary
  • 19th Feb 2012 11:59pm

Good idead to find a good butcher. You can get exactly the amount of meatnyou want and less packaging is used.

Hilary
  • 19th Feb 2012 11:57pm

I never like the fruit when it's wrapped in plastic. We are lucky because our local fruit and vege shop sells bananas far cheaper than the supermarkets. They are locally grown and the flavour is good.

GrannyG
  • 18th Feb 2012 09:52am

I agree that there is far too much packaging. Yesterday I bought the more expensive bananas in the fruit market simply because they were not on a plastic tray and wrapped in plastic. bananas come in their own natural wrapping, which, unlike plastic, can be immediately thrown under a plant to feed it.

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