I received a flyer from an organic food company. One of their selling points is that they keep packaging to a minimum. Sounds sensible. Less waste in the environment.
When you look into it though it isn’t quite that easy. According to the Advisory Committee on Packaging:
– 1.5 grams of plastic extends the shelf life of a cucumber by 11 days
– Selling grapes in trays or bags reduces in store waste by 20%
– Packing new potatoes reduces shop waste from 3% to 1%
So packaging is good, it reduces food waste in the environment.
If that confuses try googling “Plastic Packaging is Good for the Environment”. You will find a hornets’ nest of very strongly held and conflicting views. Accusations are flung, nobody is listening. Really quite nasty.
I have absolutely no idea what the answer is.
And most of all kill the emotion.