Consumers have become increasingly concerned with the large amounts of plastic used in the packaging of fresh produce. This has caused many to move towards low plastic alternatives and as a result caused many supermarkets to consider dropping plastic packaging all together.
One of the main reasons plastics are used to such a large extent is the fact that they not only help with the transportation of fresh produce, but also help extending its shelf life. Some people think that if plastic is removed completely that it will have a large impact not only on the food supply chain, but on how much food is wasted.
Food typically travels from the fields where it is produced to a storage facility for processing. It is then stored until it is needed. Then it's packaged, transported and distributed to shops, where it is marketed, before being bought and consumed. This takes varying amounts of time, depending on a range of factors. The complete removal of plastic packaging from this process has the potential to increase losses along the supply chain, which has then potential to increase greenhouse gas emissions and impact food security. Moving towards low-plastic alternatives is important to reduce the amount of plastic that circulates in our environment, but with current distribution systems in place, along with existing consumer purchasing habits, some plastics may need to be retained to ensure food is not lost along the supply chain.
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