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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

Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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