I try really hard not to buy too much unnecessary stuff, to recycle and reuse, to use chemical free cleaning products and toiletries, to buy organic food, and to cut down on plastic consumption… even before David Attenborough made the country sit up and take note of the amount of plastics in the seas. And good for him I say.
So at the supermarket today (Morrison’s, I like it there as it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not!), I really paid attention in the fresh fruit and vegetables section, and although you can get some things un-plastified, it’s not everything, and you don’t have as much choice. There was nothing organic and unwrapped, you can’t get unwrapped lettuces at all, there was a very small selection of un-bagged apples, and grapes are either in sealed plastic tubs or plastic bags with little plastic zips along the top.
I selected my own mushrooms though, and put them in the little brown mushroom bag provided. Why are paper bags only provided for mushrooms? I know that mushrooms like being kept in paper bags (it’s to do with the moisture), but surely other veggies deserve paper bags too?! I was quite content just piling the loose fruit and veg in my trolley though, all happy and free (even though not organic!).
Then the rest of the shop went downhill, with most things coming in plastic bags or packets.
Theresa May has vowed to eliminate the UK’s plastic waste by 2042, but I think this will be too late. Why can’t something be done sooner?
I think, ‘Eat how your granny used to’, and it’s never been more needed than now. Why can’t we go back to meat wrapped in paper, all veg in paper bags or nothing at all, glass jars and boxes for everything else?
Why? Because it costs more, it takes longer, there would be shorter shelf lives, it would need a bit of extra thinking, and the food companies wouldn’t be making as much money.
I personally wouldn’t mind paying a bit more for things (I already do for cleaning products and toiletries, but I probably spend less in the long run as I don’t buy such a big range of products… for cleaning it’s pretty much just washing up liquid, spray for kitchen and bathroom, dishwasher tablets, toilet cleaner), and it wouldn’t hurt if some of the cheap processed food products disappeared from the shelves.
If we all had to pay a bit more, perhaps people would take a bit more care over what and how they buy, and would perhaps think twice about some of the less healthy choices that they make. What do you think?