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All About Environmental Conditions in Supermarkets

January 15, 2020

Have you ever wondered how you can reduce waste while grocery shopping? Make your grocery shopping more green by regarding the following facts about conditions for the environment in supermarkets.

Plastic waste and packaging

In 2014, 63% of fruit and vegetables were sold pre-packaged. For example, 500 grams of grapes in a bowl with a lid use almost eight times more plastic waste than a knot bag. There is a lot of plastic waste with tomatoes and carrots.

Less animal food

On the areas that are necessary for the production of animal products, much more calories could be produced by growing plant-based foods: three times more than pork, milk and eggs and seven times more than in the production of beef.

Fair trade

Contrary to the term "organic", there are no legal standards for "fair". Companies can determine what they mean by "fair". Behind the Fairtrade logo and the GEPA logo are standards that also promote organic farming: around 50% of the Fairtrade products are also certified organic and at GEPA even 75%. Conversely, many organic farming associations have social criteria in their standards; some even use their own organic fair logos.

Micro Plastic

Our wastewater brings microplastics from cosmetic, washing and cleaning products into the rivers, lakes and seas. Microfibers made of plastic, which are not filtered by washing machines and sewage treatment plants, can also be detached from plastic clothing. As part of the water cycle, microplastics penetrate the complex aquatic food webs of animals, plants and humans.

Plastic bags

It is important to avoid disposable bags as a whole - including those made of paper: the ecological balance of a paper bag is worse than that of a plastic bag. However, the paper bag degrades if it accidentally lands in nature.


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