When I think about foods I typically eat, a lot comes to mind. I think at least half of what I eat comes in packaging. When you think about a regular food item you realize how much waste you may be producing.
Think about when you go to the store to get some groceries for dinner. You are making tacos, you need to buy tortillas, taco shells, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, tomato’s, cheese, and beef. That’s a lot of plastics and waste being thrown away. For example, the tortillas, and shells come in a cardboard box and inside there is a plastic covering the shells. Those create waste because the plastics that the tortillas and the shells are in have to be thrown away after you use them. The lettuce you either buy the pre-shredded lettuce that
comes in a plastic package or regular lettuce that you then put in a plastic bag to take home. Either way you are creating waste by using the plastic packaging. The salsa comes in a glass jar which is recyclable, so far, we only have one recyclable item. Then you go and get the sour cream which comes in a plastic container which is producing waste. Then you get tomato’s which you take what you need and put in a plastic bag. The next thing you need is cheese which you either buy pre-shredded cheese or the block of cheese you grate at home. Either way it is in plastic. Now the last thing you need is. The ground beef, which comes in a plastic packaging and has a Styrofoam bottom, and you then put in a plastic bag. Then you go to the cashier to pay and you put all of the items in a grocery bag, and all of that is going to waste when you get home.
As you can tell, I think the main packaging is plastic. I think the packaging is plastic because I think It may keep the food items fresher and protect it from bacteria. But it’s negative, because it is creating so much waste in our lands, and in our oceans. Once we have eaten the food inside then the plastics go into the garbage and into our oceans or landfills. It may take up to 1000 years to decompose a plastic bag because they need a lot of time to break down and disintegrate into the soil. When I think about that I just think of how much plastic is sitting there. There for plastic bags are not a very good thing for the environment. Some ways you can decrease the amount of wastes is use recyclable products to package in.
For a consumer, you can try to buy things that have less waste or don’t have plastics that will create waste. For example, I would buy regular tomato’s instead of the packaged small ones, or instead of buying pre- cut tomato’s because little things reduce waste.
Another example is I would buy packaging that is recyclable over something like plastic. I’m glad that some places use paper bags so you can recycle it after instead of the regular plastic ones. Most stores now charge you for bags hoping you won’t buy them, but people still do, and I think every store should have paper bags that can be recycled.