"Single-use plastic wrapping does not reduce food waste at all"

According to studies, supermarkets should cease selling fresh produce such as apples and potatoes in plastic wrapping since it does not extend their shelf life and contributes to pollution and food waste.

The 18-month research, which also looked at sales of bananas, broccoli, and cucumbers, debunks the premise that single-use plastic wrappers help reduce waste. Instead, excessive packaging sometimes drives individuals to buy more food than they require, exacerbating the waste problem. While wrapping was vital and frequently played a crucial function in protecting food, Wrap's research discovered that plastic wrap "doesn't always prolong the life of uncut fresh fruit," adding, "In this scenario, it might increase food waste."

According to Green Peace, every year, Britons throw away about half a million tons of fresh vegetables and salad, as well as a quarter of a million tons of fresh fruit worth £2.1 billion because it has gone mushy or moldy, or the date label has expired. This waste is harmful to the environment: food and drink account for nearly a third of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

Packaging was shown to be less essential than other elements in the fight against food waste, such as allowing consumers to buy the proper amount or how it was stored. "We discovered that keeping food in the fridge at below five degrees increased the quality of the product by days, weeks, even months in the case of apples," Gover added. "We discovered that the plastic packaging in which most things were supplied had little or no effect on their shelf life. "In situations when customers have little option but to buy more than they need in pre-packaged containers," he noted, "this might potentially increase food waste."

Read the complete article at www.natureworldnews.com.

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