Fruit Packaging

Fruit Packaging

Do We Really Need So Much Fruit And Vegetable Packaging?

Can you remember the days when apples, oranges and potatoes were sold loose at the supermarket? Perhaps even with a bit of soil still clinging to them – proof that they were once grown in the ground. You could take your time choosing the best looking bananas that would be perfectly ripe in a couple of days.

The level of packaging on fruit and vegetables in the supermarkets these days seems insane. Is a bag around a bunch of bananas really necessary, or cling film around a cucumber? When did packaged fruit and vegetables become the norm for supermarkets, and who's bright idea was it?

While it is still possible to select some fresh produce yourself, this is not true of all fruit and veg varieties. It's more likely that you'll see multiple varieties of tomatoes packaged up in trays with plastic coverings rather than being able to smell and choose your own.