6 Photos That Show Just How Ridiculous Plastic Packaging Has Become

Written by Tess Riley via the Huffington Post on 9/12/2018

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We know the drill ― our rivers and oceans are overwhelmed by plastic and it’s ending up in animals’ stomachs, in our drinking water and even in the air we breathe.

A big source of contention is single-use packaging: takeout containers, potato chip packets, yogurt pots and salad bags, plus the million plastic water bottles bought around the world every minute.

Some retailers and industry groups defend plastic packaging on the basis that it helps prevent food waste. But is there ever a justification for shrink-wrapping bananas? Or cans of beer? We asked for your photos of ridiculous plastic packaging. Here are some of the gems you sent us.

1. Totally Bananas

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James Purkis@james_purkis

Replying to @HuffPost

On holiday in Orlando we found these in CVS. We were so shocked we sent a photo home to friends in the UK! Why shrink wrap bananas?!!

4:23 PM - Aug 10, 2018

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2. We Can’t Even...

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Henry Wright@newdemuk

Replying to @tess_riley and 2 others

Behold! 10 individually packaged (in plastic) sachets of grated parmesan in their own plastics bag. Completely wasteful.

5:37 PM - Sep 6, 2018

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3. Cans You Believe It?

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Brandon Duck@bducksav

Replying to @HuffPost

Produce was a lot different in GA.

2:00 PM - Aug 10, 2018 · Braddock Heights, MD

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4. Coco-nuts

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Ben Dolley@wastefighter

Replying to @HuffPost

This coconut has had its shell taken off so it can be wrapped in plastic, in Spain, before being sold in the UK... @marksandspencer

4:28 PM - Aug 10, 2018

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5. How Is This A Thing?

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Replying to @HuffPost

Individually wrapped bananas in Japanese 7- Elevens.

9:00 PM - Sep 10, 2018

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6. Yum

I believe in science@fahyhallowell

Replying to @HuffPost

It's common practice in small town grocery stores in Maine. These photos are from a family trip downeast in 2015. (Bright red hot dogs are a thing here.)

9:23 PM - Sep 10, 2018 · Augusta, ME

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