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Plastic packaging encourages food waste. What the



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According to British researchers, fruits and vegetables wrapped in plastic wrap are kept fresh for less time, which leads to an increase in food waste, contrary to what some supermarkets claim, according to Retail Detail.

The idea that disposable plastic packaging keeps fruits and vegetables fresh for a long time is wrong. This is the conclusion of the British sustainability organization Wrap, after a study of a year and a half. The organization investigated the shelf life of apples, bananas, broccoli, cucumbers and potatoes, both in bulk and in plastic wrap.

Keeping food fresh in the cold (less than five degrees) is much more important than whether it is packaged or not. The apples kept well in the fridge for months. Plastic packaging made little or no difference, Wrap CEO Marcus Gover told The Guardian.

On the contrary, the packaging often leads to more food waste. People are forced to buy more than they need, so more fruits and vegetables are thrown away. Another advantage of unpackaged food is that there is no expiration date, so consumers use their own judgment instead of blindly following the date on the package. One in ten people throw away food and food only on the date, Gover says.

If the five products studied were sold in bulk and without expiration dates, more than 10,300 tons of plastic and about 100,000 tons of food would be saved each year. The organization is therefore in talks with the UK Food Standards Agency and industry to sell only fruit and vegetables in bulk in supermarkets by 2025. In France, a ban on plastic packaging for fresh food was introduced last year.