A useful display at @wholefoods in Fremont to help customers with how to dispose of their trash (e.g. what goes into compost, recycling and landfill).
But more importantly, it shows how many items still end up in landfill. Any film or foil based wrappers, black plastics, tetra packs, plastic cutlery, coffee cup lids, napkins,... The list goes on and on and on.
And with recycling becoming less and less economically viable for Western economies since China and other countries in Asia have started refusing to take our garbage, it's likely that at least a share of the contents from the "recycling" trash can will end up in landfill eventually.
The only solution to this waste crisis is to avoid waste at its source - both as a consumer, but also as a grocery store / retailer.
While Wholefoods champions sustainable and organic groceries which is great, the amount of packaging that these products are still sold in is unacceptable.
As a consumer, we should plan our meals so that we use fresh, seasonal produce that requires minimum packaging. Bring your own containers and make use of the bulk aisles for supplementary ingredients.
You'll be surprised how delicious, healthy and cheap your diet will become, saving the planet at the same time. And if consumer behavior changes, retailers will follow.
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