Plastic packaging is exponentially destroying the ecosystem with aquatic organisms like fish or turtles being the most susceptible to harm since they accidentally come into contact with or consume plastic when feeding.
OPIRG is dedicated to researching and advocating to reduce the environmental impact from plastics by working with grocery stores to minimize plastic food packaging and using more sustainable alternatives.
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Cukes Tray Large single cucumbers are always wrapped in plastic because the thin skin is prone to rehydration. The plastic wrap serves an extension of 10 days in our refridgerators compared to without the wrap. Additionally, our grocery stores get many imported English cucumbers with thin skin instead of the American cucumbers that can withstand more force and temperature changes. During the [...]
Metro was one of the grocery stores that I came to audit and as we can see, they carry a variety of brands of eggs that are encased in either plastic or cardboard. Burnbrae Farms in particular, offer 12 different types of eggs ranging from original shell eggs, extra large eggs, omega 3 and many more. At Metro they sold large omega 3 [...]
Bioplastics are a type of biodegradable plastic that are made from biological substances such as food as opposed to petroleum. The production of bioplastics has dual benefits. They make use of waste while also making products that are easier and quicker to dispose of than traditional plastics. Bioplastics is a form of polyactic acid made by corn sugars from corn starch or sugar [...]
Rainforest Alliance When you're looking at a food label, whether it's to understand the directions of how to cook it, or checking the ingredients list or the expiry date, but have you come across a logo claiming that it is certified pertaining to the environment? Some of the popular certification include: Rainforest Alliance Certified: aims for social and environmental responsibility (hey, that [...]