Yes,,,, we want to talk about Over-Packaging again.
It becomes an usual practice in most of the supermarkets we can find in Hong Kong and the problem is getting more and more serious when we found that even fresh vegetables and fruits are wrapped in plastic wrap, it is ridiculous, isn’t it?
Yet, if we say it is ridiculous, why does it still happen? It is a matter of market demand and supply. Suppliers tend to look at the market demand to decide their product, including packaging, otherwise, where do they get profit if they produce something with no demand? So, the answer is simple, we deliver a message that we want to have those packaging.
Producing packaging uses up natural resources, energy and water and therefore contributes to global warming. A large proportion of food packaging is made up of plastic which are non recyclable. This means it ends up in landfill and takes hundreds of years to break down.
It’s also expensive and adds to the costs of the products we buy.
So what can we do to reduce the amount of packaging I throw away?
As consumers, we need to deliver a clear message of what we want and what we don’t want. Don’t buy products you think are excessively or deceptively wrapped. Complain to your supermarket or the manufacturer and contact your local trading standards department if you believe a product is excessively wrapped.
If everyone doing the same, it will become an atmosphere and change will take place. So, what are you waiting for?