Daniel Aniks

Food Studies

Mr. Brett

Canadians today consume a lot of food, including me. When this assignment was assigned, I decided to pay closer attention to the amount of packaging used in food I buy and consume. My findings can be boiled down to one fact, everything is in packaging. Whether it be plastic bags, styrofoam, mesh, or cardboard everything we buy is in packaging. It is easy for food corporations to package their food in the materials I listed above because it’s cheap and accessible. Packaging makes shopping for food much easier for the consumer, instead of individually carrying eight avocadoes, the consumer can simply pick up a mesh bag of those same eight avocadoes or a plastic bag if it is available. Packaging has a side effect of being damaging towards the environment with all the garbage it produces if not recycled properly. This waste can take years to decompose and fill landfills around the world and pollutes oceans, plastic for example takes one thousand years half of that to decompose styrofoam, but food only takes approximately six months to decompose. Perhaps a way to combat this trash epidemic is to use materials which decompose relatively quickly such as cardboard. Another work-around is to re-use the bags for your groceries when getting them. The easiest and very effective way to reduce your garbage footprint is to properly recycle packaging. Packaging has proved to be a great convenience in the short-term, but will eventually be a great difficulty in the future.

Consumable Waste
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