Supermarkets are changing how they sell fruit and veg – and it’s good for the planet

More than 80% of apples and 88% of cucumbers are sold wrapped in plastic, but now major supermarkets have agreed to reduce this by 2025 to protect the environment

A customer looks at vegetables on display at Coton Farm Shop in Cambridgeshire
Apples, broccoli and bananas are the first to be sold without plastic packaging

supermarkets have agreed to sell most fresh fruit and vegetables loose rather than wrapped in plastic to help the environment.

All major supermarkets have joined sustainability organization Wrap’s guidelines to sell bulk produce by 2025.

Apples, bananas, broccoli and cucumbers are among the first to be sold without plastic packaging, The grocer reports .

Other items soon to be sold bulk include eggplants, avocados, carrots, onions and peppers.

Wrap believes that 80% of fruit and vegetables can be sold unwrapped.

It is estimated that this saves more than 21,500 tons of plastic from being thrown in the trash every year.

Wrap said 80% of apples, 88% of cucumbers and 97% of grapes are sold in plastic wrappers.

However, Wrap said that ending plastic packaging for soft fruit is more difficult because it can be damaged so easily.

The new guidelines also require supermarkets to stop putting best-by dates on products unless it can be shown to help reduce food waste.

Wrap also wants consumers to be educated on how chilling fruit and vegetables below 5°C at home can have a major impact on shelf life.

Many retailers are reducing the amount of plastic they use because so much of it takes hundreds of years to decompose and end up becoming washed into the sea .

Tesco became the first supermarket to stop selling plastic bags and also swore last week no plastic baby wipes for sale promise to help the environment.

The supermarket chain is Britain’s largest supplier of the products, selling 75 million packs of wipes a year.

Tesco will continue to stock i plastic-free wipes and those from eco-friendly brands like Waterwipes and Rascal + Friends.

Last year, London department store Harrods announced this ax its classic green and gold plastic bags and bring paper versions with you.

The upmarket West London store will remove four million plastic bags from landfill each year as they are replaced with 100% recyclable ones.

Meanwhile, under government plans, restaurants and takeaways will be banned from handing out plastic bags containing condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise and vinegar presented in January .

Plastic plates, mini milk pots and popular extras like salad dressing could also be banned across the UK, according to plans from the Department for Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

The ban would follow from one to the other Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton swabs which became illegal in most situations in 2020.

Environment Secretary George Eustace said last year evidence showed that single-use packaging “can cause significant damage to the marine and terrestrial environment if improperly disposed of”.

More than 855 billion plastic bags are said to be used worldwide every year. It is believed that they would take around 500 years to decompose.

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