The plastic pollution crisis is getting out of hand and while there are a lot of people in the world trying to live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle, there are still unfortunately lots of companies (supermarkets especially) who use superfluous plastic wrapping that is completely and utterly unnecessary. The vast majority of supermarkets still wrap EVERYTHING in plastic, from avocados to individually packaged fruits, to single pills wrapped in 3 layers of plastic!
Last year Greenpeace UK and the Environmental Investigation Agency investigated UK supermarkets commitments to reducing their use of plastic packaging and wrapping. The results were absolutely shocking. The study showed that supermarkets put over 900,000 tonnes of plastic packaging on their shelves every year — a deeply concerning amount, which sadly finds its way into our beautiful oceans or ends up in landfill (which can then take up to 1,000 years to decompose). Furthermore, National Geographic states that more than 90% of the plastics ever created have not been recycled!
We want to show you some ridiculous and almost funny plastic packaging examples. We hope these pictures help encourage you to take time to be more conscious about your own choices next time you are in the supermarket!
- Pre-cut pepper anyone?
2. We’ve always wondered how Nutella was born…
3. You must be yolk-ing me…
4. What next? Individually wrapped tea bags?
5. The next worst thing since sliced bread…
6. What Nathalie said!
7. Just why…
8. Seems like a case of small knife syndrome…
9. Do NOT take a LEAF out of M&S’s book!
10. You say potato, we say stop using single-use plastic unnecessarily
11. This one is pretty EXTRA if you ask us!
12. If only passion fruits had a robust and biodegradable natural packaging of their own…
13.Honestly… this is getting ridiculous
14. This packaging is just (coco) nuts
15. ‘Non-Drowsy’ Claritin? This is actually causing the inverse effect because we are TIRED of this wasteful use of plastic!
Here at Stroodles, we are gob-smacked at all of these plastic packaging nightmares! This ridiculous problem is massive but if we all make an effort to stand up to this issue and start making choices that are more eco-friendly then gradually we can get ahead of this.
A few great ways to combat this is to use eco-friendly swaps such as our sustainable Stroodles (pasta straws) & to buy things from zero-waste shops where you bring your own container/bags! In the words of zero-waste legend Anne-Marie Bonneau “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”
Thank you for reading!
-Stroodles Team x