How Supermarkets Can Move Beyond Single-use Plastics And Packaging

A Greenpeace USA report, The Smart Supermarket: How Retailers Can Innovate Beyond Single-Use Plastic and Packagingwalks readers through The Smart Supermarket, a hypothetical store that has moved beyond single-use plastics and packaging. As retailers grapple with how to transition away from throwaway packaging, the report outlines examples from around the world — throughout store aisles to the checkout counter — of supermarkets and shops moving beyond single-use plastics and packaging and offering a zero-waste shopping experience.

“Over 200,000 Canadians have signed Greenpeace’s petition urging major supermarkets to stop distributing single-use plastics and packaging,” said Sarah King, Greenpeace Canada’s Head of Plastics and Oceans. “Supermarkets are the places where people encounter the most single-use plastics, and people clearly want change. A reuse revolution is happening all around us, and we’re asking supermarkets to join it.”

people shopping in an organic grocery store

One major benefit is:

Laser-engraved fruit and veggies. The packaging on produce often carries info such as its country of origin or price. Even unwrapped fruits and veggies usually have a plastic sticker with that info. Spanish company Laser Food offers an alternative, using lasers to remove a microscopic layer of skin from the produce and imprint a label (see photo above). This “natural branding” is currently being used by retailers in countries such as Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium.

How Supermarkets Can Move Beyond Single-use Plastics And Packaging!

Related: The First-Ever Canadian Summit on Climate Action in Food Systems

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