November 19, 2011 at 11:25 pm #256095
Had this lovely dilemma in the stupormarket today.
I usually don’t buy fruit and veg there but I noticed some mushrooms going cheap (close to best-before date). Will do nicely for lunch, I thought. Thing is, they were prepackaged – plastic punnet and cling wrap – something I normally wouldn’t buy. I did pick them up; I also noticed some zucchini going cheap too, but also prepackaged. I gave those a miss (those were on styrofoam).
So, I saved a punnet of mushrooms from going to waste, but the packaging will eventually end up in landfill (the punnet isn’t marked with a recyling triangle to identify the plastic – I’ll find some other use for it no doubt, and I’ll reuse the wrap as well, but they’ll end up binned eventually).
So was wondering which is the lesser evil? :shrug:November 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm #514387
Having worked for one of those stupormarkets for a long time I can advise they don’t give two hoots about waste from packaging! As they force the hand of the growers and manufacturers with the packaging, they should be forced to deal with all of that rather than handing the problem on to their customers.
This same corporation fobbed me off when I suggested that customers be allowed to shop using their own containers for loose product. The dismissive response was because customers might shop with unsanitary containers and end up making themselves sick!
Shona (my wife) said one of the military outlets she shopped at in Texas had receptacles at the front of the store for the packaging to be recycled into before you left the store.November 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm #514388
I mentioned in another thread:
Some time ago, somewhere in Germany, the consumers were fed up with the excessive packaging. Their form of protest was to unwrap what they could in the shop.
When the bins were constantly overflowing, the retailer contacted the manufacturers and requested reduced packaging…
I reckon I annoy the check-out chicks coz I buy everything loose (well… as much as I can) to save packaging.
:whistle:November 20, 2011 at 2:06 am #514389
Yes, loose fruit and veg but not then put into plastic tear off bags either is the most satisfying……..but I haven’t tried it with bush beans yet!! :laugh:November 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm #514390
It does blow me away when I’ve got my loose veg all over the check out counter and then I see someone behind me holding a single apple in a plastic bag.
I’m more inclined to think that food waste is the lesser evil because the packaging is full of who knows what kind of toxins and chemicals. The more people don’t buy things in packaging, the less likely companies are going to use it.
http://www.onyabags.com.au/shop.php?crn=208 I recently came across these. Haven’t bought any yet, still pondering whether I can make some myself. But might be good to use for things like beans :laugh:November 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm #514391
Thanks for the reminder re Onya.Remember them from years back when they began – they have some great products now.Might be kinder to the check out chicks – and me – if I get some.Don’t want to equate “sustainable practices” with ” that weird old lady” . :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:November 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm #514392
There is an old old thread on making bags from tulle or organza here:
Little bit of info in this thread too:November 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm #514393
I made my own produce bags from tulle. Some I bought new, and then I found metres of it at the op shop in a pleasant green. Used recycled yarn for the drawstring. I almost always get a comment either from a fellow shopper or from the checkout staff. Made 2 sizes and have been really happy with them. They are super fast to whip up on a sewing machine, and my use of those tear-off plastic bags is much improved. I still use the plastic for nuts though.November 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm #514394
i have been a check out chick, and was also shocked at the things people would ask to have put in a bag. Like one item, and i would be like seriously?? that would fit in your handbag or you have hands!!!! and they would get quite affronted because i didn’t automatically place it in a bag :angry:
I don’t see how supermarkets could object to us using our own ‘green’ bags for produce, we would pay the price if they subsequently wieghed more than a plastic produce bag??
i have meant for a long time to make my own bags, but i guess i just don’t have any trouble keeping the produce loose.
And to answer the first posters question. I would rather get a bargain, and not have the food go to waste.. we use produce containers to put water in for the chicks, the kids use them for painting, craft, water play, play-dough, sand pit etc etc etcNovember 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm #514395
I have some of those Onya bags (I can’t sew so had to get a readymade product) – they do draw comment at the local vegie shop, that they’re such a good idea! On the odd occasion where I’ve grabbed vegies from the stupormarket there’s never been any objection to the Onya bags either.
I’m a bit annoyed too because the vegie shop has started offering prepacked vegies too. Who’s driving the demand for this I wonder?? They even had prepacked bananas – now there’s insanity, the fruit already comes in a wrapper! :angry:
I guess my dilemma was that I usually wouldn’t buy vegies packed this way on principle. I guess I think of what it takes to grow those vegies and how all that water and energy goes to waste.
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