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Plastic bags are fast becoming a scapegoat for the packaged food industry. In fact, if I didn't know better I would think the suppliers of these packaged goods were fueling the fire to the negative attention towards plastic shopping bags... to keep it off of them!Obscenities Wrapped in Plastic
You see while folks are busy fighting the bags we put our groceries in, the wasteful packaging that goes into the foods we are putting into these bags continues on. While it maybe true that petroleum based bags are an abomination to mankind and do a lot of damage to our environment, so does a lot of other plastic wrapping.
I'm talking about blister wrap (a.k.a. "Wrap Rage") featured around many electronics being sold today (MP3 players, memory sticks, etc.), shredded Styrofoam found in most shipped items, and the ridiculously individual wrapped produce, such as prunes, bananas, and just about any and everything else you can imagine that will fit inside a plastic or Styrofoam wrapper.
If we would take the packaging of the typical grocery shopper and wad it up along side their plastic bags, the pile of product waste would be much larger than the bags. Now I am not saying that we shouldn't make an effort to rid ourselves of the bags themselves, but we do need to be aware of the products themselves that are often just as wasteful.
What is the Easiest Way to Fight Against Wasteful Grocer Packaging? Don't buy it. It is the exact same theory behind the car market right now. If nobody buys the cars manufacturers make, they are forced to build what we want. If nobody buys the ridiculously wrapped produce, lunch foods, and snacks, they will soon cease to exist on the shelves.
What to get instead? Choose the fresh, unpackaged produce and meat/fish whenever you can. When you do need packaged food, such as ketchup or mustard, buy the bulk sizes (not the cute little mini-bottles). Buying concentrated cleaners (such as laundry detergent) are a great way to save on packaging, but an even better idea is to make your own.
Don't let the Bag Monster be the only unwelcome guest in your kitchen!