Food: still too many empty packaging on supermarket shelves

Food: still too many empty packaging on supermarket shelves



Superfluous, even useless, plastic to protect food: despite the 2020 anti-waste law, “overpackaging” persists, deplores the CLCV association.

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e very many packages are mainly filled with empty spaces »denounces the consumer association CLCV in this study, for which it studied the packaging of more than 250 food products between the end of February and mid-May 2022, in nine large retail chains.

“The prize goes to packets of ravioli, almonds, granola or bacon bits, which contain 55% vacuum”emphasizes the CLCV, which also indicates that “many products are surrounded by packaging that seems unnecessary”citing plastic films around boxes of tea, chocolates or vegetables, or cardboard sleeves around yogurts, compotes or pizzas.

“Prefer products without over-packaging,

avoid packaging

in portions,

think bulk”

It asks professionals to “prefer useful packaging for preservation and transport, simple (a single material), light and made of recyclable materials”considering that these “overpacks” are more the product of marketing considerations than a concern for the good preservation of the product, ” since these same products increasingly exist without superfluous packaging ».

In order to encourage manufacturers to make more efforts, the CLCV urges consumers to change their practices: “Prefer products without over-packaging, avoid portioned packaging, think about bulk and reuse packaging when possible. » The public authorities are also questioned and summoned to “strengthen sorting systems in public places to capture nomadic packaging (cans, plastic bottles, sandwich packaging, etc.) and to set up educational actions for consumers to improve collection”.

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