UK supermarkets: ditch meal deal fruit packaging

UK supermarkets: ditch meal deal fruit packaging

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UK supermarkets: ditch meal deal plastic fruit packaging and replace with whole fruit

Sainbury's, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, ASDA, and Waitrose, I’m sure you’ve heard all of this before, but as a reminder, here are the facts:

·         We are producing 300M tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is single-use plastic.

·         At least 8M tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. Some figures say this could be as much as 12.7M tons.

·         One marine mammal or sea bird dies every 30 seconds due to plastic pollution.

·         Plastic production increased exponentially, from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons by 2015. Production is expected to double by 2050.

·         It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

·         We are not coping with the amount of plastic we are producing. In the UK, over 6000 companies are part of the plastics industry, producing, importing and converting plastic pellets into plastic products. Across the UK it is estimated that as many as 53 billion of these plastic pellets could enter our oceans every year.

·         According to all beach clean polls, food packaging is in the top 10 items found on UK beaches, with plastic cutlery also featuring in the top 10 of many of these polls.

·         Plastic cutlery is everywhere, and most of it can be used only once.

·         Billions of forks, knives, and spoons are thrown away each year.

·         Supermarkets are making single-use plastic for customers to take away for their lunches, and it is unlikely they will be eating at home where they can think about recycling the containers. There is no way to recycle plastic cutlery. And the film going over the containers is NOT recyclable either.

Your meal deals all contain the option to take away chopped up pieces of fruit in containers, covered in film, some with plastic cutlery, and some without, depending on the fruit. And sometimes there are chopped up pieces of fruit in plastic packets too. Many of these even contain chopped up apple slices, grapes, and strawberries, that don’t need to be in plastic containers.

Why is there not the option of purchasing whole fruit, such as a banana, pear, a whole apple, an orange, or a small punnet of strawberries or grapes, without the plastic? Does that not sound much healthier? Is it really necessary to cause unnecessary waste every time someone wants a bite to eat?

I also feel that this is important because there have already been petitions with answers to removing single-use plastic on your other meal deal options, such as drinks bottles, but not the single-use packaging on your meal deal fruit options.