when buying vegetables at the supermarket
March 14, 2019 9:19am CST
growing up, when we went to the wet market, we bought baskets - one for the fruits, vegetables, rootcrops (dry with dirt), one for the fish, chicken and pork (wet, slimy, smelly!). there was only one big supermarket, but it was more for packaged, canned, bottled and processed food. decades pass and now the supermarket has changed. we can now buy chilled and frozen fish, chicken, pork and vegetables. we enjoy the airconditioning, our stuff in a pushcart, the floor isn't wet, they are packed in plastic bags with a logo. what the modern supermarket has an abundance of, i notice, is clingwrap and scotchtape. they wrap and tape everything so much that it can take a while to remove. do these add to nonbiodegradable trash? i mean i can't imagine clingwrap and tape being recycle. on the tray, clockwise, are talong (eggplant), cauliflower, bell pepper, brocolli, kalabasa (squash) and sitaw (long string beans). what do you call them in your language? are vegetables sold like this where you live?
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I heard last month that a youngster bought a game console like that : he put it in a plastic bag for vegetables, weighted it, and paid his vegetables at an automatic cash desk without a cashier. He was caught the day after, when he tried to buy two new game consoles for the price of potatoes again.
@LadyDuck He was creative, and it shows also how weak are these cash desks without a cashier, there is nobody to control what is in the fruits/vegetables bags... It was already a problem when I worked 2 months in a hypermarket as a security guard 40 years ago (a holiday job) : even without changing a label, an employee could omit an article or two in the shopping basket of another employee. We were supposed to control their purchase when they were ending their day : I never did it, it was stupid, they could as well come back an hour later like normal clients...
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as much as possible, i buy vegetables in the wet market or local market i also hate the idea of wrapping it by cling wrap but i know it is protection also in other case we recycle clingwrap by wrapping also half sliced onions and sometimes i used it to keep soap for traveling.
• United States
Vegetables and fruits where we shop are not wrapped with cling wrap. We just choose the vegetables and fruits and place how much we want of each type in plastic bags located in the produce section. We do buy frozen fruits and veggies stored in the store freezers that are already in plastic bags on occasion.
• Pamplona, Spain
Sadly we cannot buy much loose stuff and I how I wish they would and I always put this plastic in the plastic recycle bin hoping that they will do as they say and really recycle it not just say that they do and then they don´t do it. I try to buy loose all I can but its a challenge.
I still buy fresh fish from the wet market because it is cheaper and fresher than those packed in clingwrap, etc. I also thought of too much plastics they are using and sometimes it is really hard to remove the clingwrap and tape they are using. annoys me when am in a hurry cooking!
• United States
There is so much plastic packaging waste - and even though we have a recycling bin along with trash bins, it seems so many folks do not think about recycling as much as they should. We have the whole array of packaging anywhere, but I like to pick and choose without the packaging, which fresh vegetables and fruits often are here. Certain markets seem to have certain specialty items shrink wrapped like this.