As this is very topical I think it's good to understand why plastic is used so extensively by the food industry. In the US they use enough cling film in a year to wrap Texas. Cling film is mostly single use as it clogs the recycling machines.
Obviously ready made sandwiches need to be kept fresh and plastic does this as it is see through so I can see its attraction to the food industry. Plastic extends the shelf life of food helps it travel better and saves a lot on food waste and methane which's a byproduct of food waste.
But we have to do something to stop us being a throw away society and I wonder if in years to come we will be seen as the bubble wrap generation...
Here's a link about the role plastic plays in the food chain from the IEEP:
And here's how the plastic industry see their products:
Apparently the food plastic industry is in no hurry to change as they see plastic waste as saving food waste and it works for them. We have the TidyClub who advocate leaving as much plastic behind with the shops as possible and I for one am noticing just how much plastic is used just to display everyday non consumable items.
I think the first step is being aware of our actions as yesterday one local shop has started stocking vegetable and I bought a lovely fresh locally grown cauliflower that came in a cardboard box with the others and from the supermarket I bought some baby parsnips for a roast and they are in a moulded plastic tray and then sealed in plastic.
300 million tons of plastic are used each year and 8 million tons are being thrown into the ocean:
Food for thought. 😊