Global Awareness Topic: Ecology — 07 March 2018

In this supermarket in the Netherlands, consumers don’t have to pay an additional price for getting their food in environment friendly packaging. Shown on BBC on March 3, 2018.

Just walking into any supermarket around the globe, it is staggering to see the amount of plastic used for packaging. One can rarely even buy loose fruit, as even that is often packed on a polystyrene base and covered with shrink wrap (aka cling film, made of polyester).

Dutch chain Ekoplaza in Amsterdam has a range of food items in packaging made of bio-materials which will compost completely within 12 weeks after use. It appears awareness about the horrendous effects of plastic on our environment has risen considerably in the last few years and consumers are now demanding packing materials that won’t destroy our globe.

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In the UK, one supermarket chain, Iceland, has promised its packaging will be free of plastic by 2023. Now it is about others following suit and, at the same time, all consumers ought to demand plastic-free packaging and also stop buying and/or using plastic shopping bags. It is not a mammoth task to have foldable and reusable shopping bags with you when you go shopping. Just a little awareness is needed. You can start right now by refusing plastic bags and packaging and get the ball rolling wherever it is you live!