So we have all gone to our local supermarket and being upset at the amount of plastic we are forced to take home with us if we want to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. We have all told ourselves that most of it is recyclable so it's OK. Most of us continue to buy from them as we have felt helpless to do anything....
Only a small percentage of what we put in our recycling bin will get recycled.
A vast majority of it is shipped off to countries like China and India. These countries are paid to deal with our rubbish when they can not deal with their own.
Much of this plastic waste then ends up in the rivers and eventually makes its way to the Ocean.
So what can you do?
Sign a petition lobbying supermarkets to reduce their plastic wrapping and sell more loose fruit and veg. Plastic Free Scotland let you choose your supermarket you wish to write to here... Take Action
Use the power of social media. All large supermarkets have a good social media presence and they respond very quickly to comments left on their pages. Either send them a PM via their Facebook page or write a comment (I find this works best) on a post (It does not really matter what the post is about). Choose a post which already has a great deal of comments and always mention @plasticfreecumbria. A simple 'what are you doing this year to reduce the amount of plastic packaging on your fruit and veg'
Buy your own vegetable bags and decant after the checkout your veg and fruit into them. Leave all the plastic at the supermarket.
Use the brown paper mushroom bags to put loose veg and fruit into rather than the plastic bags.
Find the FREEPOST address (Google) for the supermarket you use and send all the non-recyclable plastic back to them with a note 'I don't want your plastic packaging'
Get involved with a local action group in your area and join in any campaigns they have to persuade their local supermarkets to reduce their plastic waste. Local Action Groups