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The end of plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables as this new year begins

When we go shopping at the supermarket, most vegetables are wrapped in plastic. From cauliflower to carrots, 37% of products are now sold in plastic packaging. But the good news is, since January 1st of this year, following the decree issued by the anti-waste law, about thirty fruits and vegetables can no longer be sold in plastic packaging in France.

About thirty fruits/vegetables without plastic film…

In a statement, the Ministries of Ecological Transition, Economy and Recovery and Agriculture explain that “about fifteen vegetables” will be marketed in bulk” (namely “leeks, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes and carrots, round tomatoes, onions, cauliflower…”).

This measure will also apply to fruits. There are about fifteen of them: apples, pears, oranges, clementines, kiwis, mandarins, lemons, grapefruits, plums, melons, pineapples, mangoes, passion fruits…

Yes, but this measure has its limits…

The government explains that this ban should make it possible to eliminate “more than one billion useless plastic packages each year”. On the other hand, this measure has its limits since this decree does not mean the total abandonment of plastic. Indeed, prepared fruits and vegetables will continue to be sold in plastic trays or bags. This is the case of pineapples for example. Moreover, this measure will not apply to fruits and vegetables sold in bags of 1.5 kg or more.

Let’s do beterre

On average, a plastic bag is used for about 12 minutes. But it will take thousands of years to decompose. Are these 12 minutes really worth it?
Especially when we know that unfortunately, these plastic bags often end up in the stomachs of sea turtles (and other marine creatures) who mistake them for food.

Therefore, it is better to bring your own containers when you go shopping and to choose fruits and vegetables in bulk. Adopting the retro mesh bag remains an easy and efficient alternative to avoid plastic bags. Let’s make 2022 a plastic-free year.

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