Is this the most wasteful packaging EVER? Shoppers slam stores using excessive plastic to protect their products - from individually wrapped oranges to pre-peeled avocado halves
- Customers share snaps of over-the-top plastic packaging on social media
- Stores use wrap to protect items that have a natural coating such as bananas
- One supermarket wrapped up chewing gum packets in even more plastic
It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to decompose, but that hasn't stopped these retailers from using excessively wasteful packaging.
Photographs recently shared on social media reveal the most ridiculous examples of over-the-top packaging used to wrap up items that often don't need any protection at all.
From pre-peeled bananas in disproportionate amounts of plastic and pre-peeled avocado halves, to unnecessary wrappings around items such as oranges and chewing gum packets, these items have potentially the most wasteful packaging ever.
It comes after The Daily Mail's Turn The Tide On Plastic campaign has led calls for measures to stop the tide of waste that is poisoning the oceans over the last decade.
Instagram account Pointless Packaging is dedicated to sharing picture of unnecessary wrapping around food, such as this plastic wrap around some bananas
Shopper Rebecca Nelson snapped this waste of packaging at a branch of Nisa in the UK
One Imgur user snapped this enormous unit full of bananas kept in unnecessary plastic boxes (left). Another was furious when she ordered some jelly beans off the Internet and found they were individually wrapped in plastic (right)
Oranges are one of the easiest fruits to peel but clearly there is a demand for pre-segmented oranges as this store sells them in excessive amounts of plastic packaging
Instagram account Pointless Packaging spotted these examples of wasteful wrapping by M&S in the UK. One packet contained a single lime leaf (left) while another featured a pre-peeled mango in a large plastic box (right)
Did these two shallots need a plastic box to protect them?
At this store, every carrot has been individually wrapped in plastic
Eggs are traditionally stored in cardboard boxes which decompose quickly and are recyclable - but M&S sells premium eggs in plastic
Potatoes are cheap as, well, chips but one retailer has decided to package them up individually, costing the customer more and harming the planet
What is the Daily Mail's Turn The Tide On Plastic campaign?
The Daily Mail's Turn The Tide On Plastic campaign has led calls for measures to stop the tide of waste that is poisoning the oceans.
The newspaper has campaigned for plastic bags to be banished, the introduction of a plastic bottle deposit scheme, and action to be taken on the mountain of non-recyclable coffee cups blighting the country.
Following the launch of the campaign in November, Theresa May has pledged to dramatically reduce plastic waste over the next 25 years.
Earlier this month, the prime minister unveiled her proposals for a levy on all disposable packaging as part of her war on plastic.
She also set out plans to extend the 5p levy on plastic carrier bags to smaller shops.
The Mail has previously successfully campaigned for toxic plastic microbeads to be banned from cosmetic products.
Avocados have a natural coating that protects the insides from degrading - but this retailer has wrapped them in lots of plastic and bumped up the price just for convenience
The shopper was infuriated by these coconuts - the shell of which is designed to protect the fruit - being wrapped in plastic
These avocados have been taken out of their natural coating and put in plastic just for convenience
Was this large plastic bag necessary for two aubergines at Sainsbury's?
These apples were stored in a plastic tube at an M&S store
This lettuce came in a plastic bag that was far too big for the vegetable
These giant plastic TicTac boxes each contain 60 mini plastic boxes - a huge waste of plastic
These slices of bread were individually wrapped in plastic, one shopper spotted
Is there any need for this? This Chinese store wraps Coca-Cola cans in plastic - a very excessive use of wrapping
Oranges have a natural coating to protect the sweet flesh within - so why did this store feel the need to peel them and then protect them in a plastic box?
The great thing about potatoes is that they already have a coating that protects the inside from damage and disease - but this US store didn't take any chances
One store in the US wrapped up its tins of cram meat in extra plastic - a needless waste (left). Another shopper spied a very small knife in plastic packaging that was far too big (right)
This shopper hilariously commented on this picture with: 'If only bananas had robust, natural, bio degradable packaging of their own'
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