Is the rapid retreat from disposable plastics counterproductive?

The ever-increasing pressure to remove disposable plastics from use results in conflicting outcomes. We know that disposable plastics are harmful to the environment, but none of the existing solutions has brought improvements in this regard, and some of the seemingly more environmentally friendly variants cause even more damage than a conventional plastic bag.

Supermarkets and other food chains hastily try to meet customer requirements and replace plastics with paper bags, cardboard boxes or, in the case of disposable cutlery, their wooden alternative. For an uninformed user, these are eco-friendly looking options, but in fact, they cause the same environmental impact, or even worse because these packages often have a high carbon footprint or are not recyclable.

Although most food chains offer the option of using your own reusable packaging for loose products, most customers still use disposable options, preferring seemingly more eco-friendly variants. At the same time, users do not see some positive effects of plastic use, for example, cucumber in a plastic wrap will last up to 14 days longer than its unpacked variant, resulting in less food waste. Thus, the ideal solution to this environmental problem still does not exist. So far, the only way out is in most cases the re-use of customer's own packaging and certainly better public awareness of the negatives, but also the benefits of the use of plastics in the food industry.

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