The hottest banana is packed independently. Is it

2022-08-02
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Each banana is packaged separately? Is it hygienic preservation or excessive packaging

environmental protection organizations investigate excessive packaging

in the era of consumption, products rely on packaging to increase sales, but if each banana is packaged independently, is it excessive? Recently, the green collar action, a Hong Kong environmental protection organization, conducted a survey in eight major supermarkets in Hong Kong, including Wellcome, China Resources and PARKnSHOP. The survey mainly focused on the packaging problems of 10 common fruits and vegetables. The results showed that the packing rate of vegetables and fruits in some supermarkets was 100%; There are also some supermarkets that pack and then pack

in the survey results released by green collar action earlier this month, Nandu saw that the respondents this time included AEON, taste, City super, Yitian department store, Huikang supermarket, China Resources Wanjia supermarket, PARKnSHOP supermarket, etc; The inspection areas covered Cheung Sha Wan, Mong Kok, Kwun Tong, Tai Po Tsai and Tuen Mun; Mainly for 10 kinds of common fruits and vegetables, including mango, papaya, tomato, banana, apple, cucumber, longan, potato, lettuce and lemon

according to the survey, bananas and potatoes are the most ridiculous. Some supermarkets pack each banana independently, while potatoes are also packed independently with plastic wrap. Last week, Nandu visited several supermarkets near Tung Chung and Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong and found that some fruits originally had styrofoam and should be sold directly. However, some supermarkets still arrange employees to pack vegetables and fruits on the spot, impose independent plastic boxes or styrofoam trays and fresh-keeping paper, and pack them again, resulting in serious over packaging

more than 90% of consumers believe that the Hong Kong government should legislate to control excessive packaging

according to relevant statistics, at present, Hong Kong produces nearly 1600 tons of plastic waste every day, of which the packaging waste from supermarkets accounts for 30-40%. Guoyingying, senior project director of green collar action, said that unnecessary vegetable and fruit packaging caused a large amount of waste that was difficult to decompose and polluted the environment. Supermarkets are duty bound

among them, the most noteworthy is that the fresh-keeping paper made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is abused most seriously. Guo Yingying pointed out that it is difficult to decompose, and carcinogens will be released when burning, which will endanger human body. Meanwhile, plastic trays also occupy a large number of valuable landfill space for a long time

in Hong Kong, where the development of environmental protection organizations is relatively mature, special attention is paid to the supervision of the government and society and the public education of the citizens. The greenersaction, formerly known as the greenstudentcouncil, which has been established for 20 years, is a registered charitable environmental protection organization in Hong Kong. Founded in August, 1993, it is mainly composed of a group of college students and on-the-job young people of different majors. It aims to publicize and promote environmental protection information and pay attention to environmental protection issues in the society

how do Hong Kong citizens, as consumers, view the excessive packaging behavior of supermarkets? Three days after the announcement of the serious survey on over packaging in supermarkets, the green collar action immediately released another survey entitled "public opinion survey on over packaging of vegetables and fruits in supermarkets". The survey results show that more than 90% of the respondents believe that the Hong Kong government should enact laws to control excessive packaging

according to the introduction of the green collar action, they interviewed 874 Hong Kong citizens in the form of street visits in July this year. Among them, 86% of the citizens thought that the over packaging of vegetables and fruits in supermarkets was serious and that supermarkets needed to be negative, and 60% of the citizens thought that the packaging of vegetables and fruits was completely unnecessary. 85% of the respondents believe that if the garbage levy is implemented, excessive packaging will increase the garbage cost, and more than 90% of the respondents believe that the government should legislate to control excessive packaging

Mrs. Min'an of Hong Kong is a real housewife. Mrs. an told Nandu that she thinks supermarkets use excessive packaging for the beauty of fruits and vegetables and market promotion. When asked, will this make the fruits and vegetables fresher or more hygienic? However, Mrs. an expressed her doubts. She believed that some fruits and vegetables could not be properly volatilized due to the use of fresh-keeping film, which would only make them more perishable. Moreover, some goods have been packaged once, and re packaging will not make the food itself more hygienic

in order to prolong the marketable time and sanitation of fruits and vegetables, consumers do not have to pay for the packaging fees. The spokesman of green collar action also said about the survey results that some supermarkets even hired employees to package fruits and vegetables for customers on the spot, which may increase the price of fruits and vegetables due to excessive packaging. Supermarkets should improve the shelf and display quantity of fruits and vegetables, It calls on the government to make great efforts in the production of the relational system in which they show non-linear stress - tension, and give supermarket packaging guidelines

Guoyingying, senior project director of green collar action, said that from the perspective of consumers, the over packaging behavior of supermarkets forces citizens to buy a specific number of fruits and vegetables, and increases the cost of additional packaging

in order to make more businesses and citizens pay attention to the problem of excessive packaging, after the survey results were released, green collar action members went to supermarkets to appeal for reducing unnecessary packaging to reduce the damage to the environment, and hoped that the relevant parties would face it squarely. On the 9th of this month, they shouted the slogan that supermarket packaging is unnecessary and potato packaging is laughable, and submitted a letter of opinion to supermarket representatives to reduce excessive packaging, urging supermarkets to immediately stop unnecessary packaging of fruits and vegetables, strengthen storage technology, reduce transportation distance and reduce the chance of deterioration of fruits and vegetables

in this survey, linxiaoyi, the managing director of Jiabao supermarket, which has the lowest packaging rate, also said that reducing packaging can reduce manpower and waste, save costs and facilitate citizens' purchase. So as a business, excessive packaging is not only environmentally friendly, but also increases the packaging process. It seems like a thankless task. Why would the supermarket do it? A spokesman for AEON supermarket said that the company has always been concerned about food safety. In order to ensure that customers can buy clean and high-quality fresh food, we will package some food. Some supermarkets responded that the packaging was for food preservation and labeling, but the person in charge of the green collar operation pointed out that this did not seem to be the case, because some fruits and vegetables were not packaged in different branches, which showed that there was no unified standard for their packaging. For example, AEON and City Super supermarkets have double standards in packaging, that is, some of the same vegetables and fruits are packaged, but some are not

in response to this situation, the spokesman of aeon supermarket did not respond positively to the question of whether there were clear internal guidelines in Nandu last week. He only said that the company had contacted and followed up with the green collar action in real time to seek further improvement methods and suggestions, and had improved the packaging methods of some foods. The spokesman of PARKnSHOP supermarket, which dominates half the sky in Hong Kong, only responded to the results of the survey, saying that the supermarket provides a variety of different types of fruits and vegetables, with packaging and bulk for customers to choose from

as for the general manager of marketing department of Yitian department store, whose packaging rate is as high as 100%, Xie Suxian responded by pointing out that when people buy fruit, they will touch the fruit with their hands, so many fruits and vegetables are easy to rot. sometimes they pack plastic bags to reduce consumption, otherwise, the fruits and vegetables will be lost and wasted if they are damaged. Therefore, the packaging is to reduce the consumption of fruits and vegetables and increase the marketable time of fruits and vegetables

Xie Suxian also said that the company would make packaging guidelines according to the degree of rottenness of fruits and vegetables, and would consider regions. For example, in residential areas with a large flow of vegetables and fruits, most of them were sold in bulk with less packaging paper. She also stressed that about 30-40% of the company's plastic bags have been made of soluble and environmentally friendly materials, and promised to review and improve the packaging problem

in this survey, AEON supermarket was pointed out by the Hong Kong media. Because in the survey, the supermarket packed each banana with plastic bags, the Hong Kong media reported that a handful of six bananas that were not packed had now wasted six plastic bags

are consumers paying for the packaging fees of over packaged fruits and vegetables that consumers are worried about? A spokesman for AEON said that for the food whose price is calculated by weight, the weight indicated is only the net weight of the food and does not include the weight of the packaging materials. In other words, customers do not need to pay extra for the packaging. However, spokesman did not disclose how much of the these packaging fees accounted for total expenditure of the supermarket

scholars and experts

the pace of government legislation is slow

but Hong Kong scholars and professionals have different views on the statements and practices of the Hong Kong government

professor chenjingming, director of the environmental science course of the school of life sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, expressed his views on the current plastic bag tax, plastic bag levy and packaging law in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Environment Forum held in May this year. He bluntly said that this issue has been bustling about in Hong Kong for many years. The first phase of the plastic bag levy has indeed strengthened the public's awareness of environmental protection, but it is still not enough

chenjingming said that the overall impression of the Hong Kong government's policy implementation is that it is slow. For example, the issue of sewage discharge has been talked about for more than ten or twenty years, which is too slow

as for plastic bag charges, they will now be extended to vendors and small and medium-sized enterprises. I am afraid many would not agree that they should handle the charges themselves. Most people question its effectiveness. For example, how should the boss charge for retailers and small and medium-sized enterprises? Have they collected any fees on their behalf? A large number of non-woven bags are produced, and many supermarkets use multi-layer plastic bags to pre wrap them into preferential packages. How to plug the loopholes

Chen Jingming also pointed out that the first collection of plastic bags had achieved an apparent effect, such as 4 More people carry environmental protection bags when installing and changing the experimental machine for the first time, but are the plastic bags actually sent to the landfill really reduced? We feel that the data published by the government are not complete enough, and there are loopholes in the implementation of the existing laws, which have cast doubt on their functions

as for the problem of plastic bags in Hong Kong, Ho Hon Wai, the director general of green collar action, believes that plastic bag treatment has not received public attention because it is not as serious as air pollution and sewage discharge, nor is it the most serious landfill waste

hehanwei said that in the first phase of the plastic bag levy, we have asked the government to implement the timetable for the full levy. However, over the past four years, it still accounts for 5% of the retail stores in Hong Kong, while there are more than 60000 retail stores in Hong Kong. Nearly 3000 supermarkets and convenience stores in the first phase of the levy are only a fraction, and many other retail stores selling dry goods, such as snack shops, bookstores, clothing stores, etc., have not been included; But in fact, it is absolutely possible to buy a book, a pair of shoes and other dry goods and bring their own shopping bags. Unfortunately, the government's legislative pace in the second stage is slow

Hong Kong Sai Kung District councillor Fang Guoshan believed that although the first phase of the plastic bag levy introduced by the Hong Kong government was not ideal, it was still the first step for Hong Kong as a whole. As for the second stage, she suggested that the government should speed up the handling and supervision of plastic materials, so as to avoid the situation that it has the right to send out invitations for recycling and then make the chain unbalanced. She also agreed that the levy should be earmarked for a specific purpose to provide environmental protection assistance to the industry

The plastic bag levy of the Hong Kong government covers about 3300 stores. The bill is under consideration by the Legislative Council. In fact, the problem of over packaging in the Hong Kong market has a long history, and it is not only at the level of fruits and vegetables. As early as 2010, environmental groups in Hong Kong conducted spot checks on more than 100 snacks in supermarkets and found that nearly 80% of the foods were over packaged, of which independent packaging was the most common. There was a Taiwan brand

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