Sustainable vegetable marking – forget the stickers

Not too long ago I stumbled onto this article about laser marking vegetables in Sweden. A company called ICA wanted to have an environmental marking system for their organic produce and were marking avocados and sweet potatoes by laser. Reading more into it I found that similar type of system has been experimented in the UK as well at Marks and Spencers.

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So what is it?

EU requires the produce sold to be marked in some way. Up until now most fresh vegetables and fruit had been marked with a sticker. The stickers are made with glue and using dyes to print them and are discarded afterward. The laser, on the other hand, peels off a layer of the vegetable or the fruit leaving a mark on it, which can be eaten or peeled. To top this, the technology produces only 1% of the carbon emission than the production of similarly sized stickers!

Laser tagging is still in its early experimentation and it might not work on all produce, however, I cannot be excited enough to be without the stickers! The annoyance to rip them off and having left with the sticky surface. I am looking forward to Marks and Spencer widening their repertoire of laser tagged produce as well as I hope the rest of the Europe would.

You can read more about this from Guardian, DesignWeek and Freshplaza (picture taken from).

 

What do you think about laser tagging fresh produce?

With love,

Lii

Zero-waste supermarkets, here they come!

I have been long annoyed with how much packaging all of our groceries have and how much waste it is! I complain about this often to my boyfriend and am coming up with ideas how things could be better (you can’t even imagine how many ideas I have :D). Once I was talking about how wonderful it would be, if supermarkets would not have packaging at all, but we would all have to bring our own containers to the store. He shrugged it off, saying that it would be highly unlikely that it would happen. The next day I read this article!

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Zero-waste supermarkets. It is a thing! It is a fairly new thing, as the first one is planning to open this summer, that I know off. It is not happening in the UK, but rather in Copenhagen, Denmark and Vancouver, Canada, but it is a start for the brighter future. Don’t you think?

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Zero-waste supermarket, what does it mean exactly? Well, they both go by the same principle. No packaging when you are shopping for your groceries. Instead, you can bring your own containers, buy containers from the store which you can reuse or use their compostable bags. You can buy as much as you want, and reduce your food waste. In addition, they offer mostly local organic ingredients supporting eco-friendly agriculture.

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I find this such an excellent idea, that it should be a law, and all the supermarkets in the world should be doing this! Of course, it would be something to get used to, but hey, with got used to 5p plastic bags! But imagine the effect this would have on the environment. No unnecessary plastic packaging that litters our nature, less food waste and supporting local farmers and reducing food mileage. Sustainable, ethical and good for you. What more could we want?! In addition, both of these stores claim that their organic food is competitively priced compared to other supermarkets because of their bulk buying and all their leftover food is donated to charities. Loving it!

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Now, I am waiting for other supermarkets getting inspires and open a similar zero-waste store in Glasgow! If you want to read more about the zero-waste stores you can read an article from Huffington Post, or go straight to the Løs Market and Zero-Waste Market websites. Happy fooding and dreaming!

Would you like a similar store near where you live?

All pictures are from the two shop websites.

With love,

Lii