Bob Garza
Bob Garza

What most do not realize is that most plastic packaging is embedded with preservatives. At first you may think this is NOT a good thing but it is. Putting preservatives in the packaging material not only reduces spoiled produce which, in turn, reduces the cost of produce overall, but it also uses less preservative. Without preservatives built into the packaging, fruits and vegetables would have to be sprayed with the stuff. Putting the preservative in the packaging reduces the overall...

What most do not realize is that most plastic packaging is embedded with preservatives. At first you may think this is NOT a good thing but it is. Putting preservatives in the packaging material not only reduces spoiled produce which, in turn, reduces the cost of produce overall, but it also uses less preservative. Without preservatives built into the packaging, fruits and vegetables would have to be sprayed with the stuff. Putting the preservative in the packaging reduces the overall amount of preservatives used to protect fruits and vegetables.

Not only does the packaging reduce spoilage, keeping prices lower and food fresher, but it also eliminates pesky bugs that would otherwise make your store's produce department unappealing but would more quickly rot the produce.

Simon Lachance
Simon Lachance

You can't put raw peeled vegetables ('baby' carrots, shown in the picture) in a giant trough and expect them not to instantly spoil. Other things like cucumbers shouldn't even be shipped without being dipped in wax, and mushrooms go bad practically overnight if they aren't carefully preserved in vacuum or neutral-gas packaging, but that horrifies you too. If you want this any time soon, you're going to have to give up some of the variety you enjoy. There is no magic wand you can wave to...

You can't put raw peeled vegetables ('baby' carrots, shown in the picture) in a giant trough and expect them not to instantly spoil. Other things like cucumbers shouldn't even be shipped without being dipped in wax, and mushrooms go bad practically overnight if they aren't carefully preserved in vacuum or neutral-gas packaging, but that horrifies you too. If you want this any time soon, you're going to have to give up some of the variety you enjoy. There is no magic wand you can wave to 'green up' decades of research and development in food preservation and shipping.

Well, I mean, GMO could come pretty close using novel amino acids and the introduction of natural pesticides like caffeine, but you're doing your damnedest to make sure that doesn't happen, aren't you?

Qaiser Siddiqui
Qaiser Siddiqui

Happy to join this cause, we will do what we can do to make our earth safe and healthy.

Shane Gray
Shane Gray

Don't like excessive packaging on your vegetables? Care where your food comes from, buy from a CSA (community supported agriculture). A wide majority of communities that have access to a Trader Joe's will have access to a CSA! Just Google It!

Dayna O'Donnell Caler
Dayna O'Donnell Caler

How about "green" communication and forget about so much computerized BS. I'm with Barbara Harvey on this one. Sliced mushrooms would rot if not kept in an air-tight environment. When you go to a regular super market, what do you put your produce in? Is it not plastic... Let's get rid of disposable diapers...... something to think about.

Grant Thompson
Grant Thompson

I am looking at the zucchini in the picture as I hold a package in my hand. The tray is CARDBOARD. What is the problem with that? I cannot find cardboard trays in other grocery stores. Celebrate that small step forward and others will follow.

Steve Saunders
Steve Saunders

this has to stop.

Gary Aldrich
Gary Aldrich

Oh please.....regardless of their wrap...trader joes rules!

Gary Bridger
Gary Bridger

Asia is one of the worse places , Drain feet high in plastics , When it rains , The sea is littered with it. Washed off from beached, Rivers with floating rubbish bags, beaches covers and the shore line with sand and plastic. Its not the plastic thats the problem. Its the people and what they do with it. Its also every other form of rubbish they like to throw into the rivers, streams and drains, Country side, To lazy to dispose of it properly.

Gary Bridger
Gary Bridger
  • Gary Bridger

What needs to be done is have a fine for any one who throws any form of rubbish that is not fast biologically degradable . Anything that is man made must be disposed off in the right way. And stop super market over packaging from cleaning stuffs to food. Far to much plastic. Polystyrene ,cellophane , Use only recycled paper and stop jutting down trees, take your unwanted thing to a charity shop or recycle place. Or rap it and put it beside a skip, so it may be used, Separate your tins ,...

What needs to be done is have a fine for any one who throws any form of rubbish that is not fast biologically degradable . Anything that is man made must be disposed off in the right way. And stop super market over packaging from cleaning stuffs to food. Far to much plastic. Polystyrene ,cellophane , Use only recycled paper and stop jutting down trees, take your unwanted thing to a charity shop or recycle place. Or rap it and put it beside a skip, so it may be used, Separate your tins , food bottles (any glass items) make life easy for others, and life will become better for you!

Clare Cullen
Clare Cullen
  • Gary Bridger

AGREE!

Bonnie Louise Carpenter

I stopped shopping at Trader Joes long ago because of the ridiculous Plastic packaging. The issue is not about freedom of choice vs. regulations when islands of plastic bigger than Texas are floating in the ocean. Plastic is showing up in the bellies of fish, killing wild life and even multitudes of wild birds on remote islands. It pollutes our soils, our foods (for example plastic leaching into meat & cheese ) our oceans, rivers and lakes and the environment in general in unimaginable...

I stopped shopping at Trader Joes long ago because of the ridiculous Plastic packaging. The issue is not about freedom of choice vs. regulations when islands of plastic bigger than Texas are floating in the ocean. Plastic is showing up in the bellies of fish, killing wild life and even multitudes of wild birds on remote islands. It pollutes our soils, our foods (for example plastic leaching into meat & cheese ) our oceans, rivers and lakes and the environment in general in unimaginable ways! Just for the momentary convenience of a throw away plastic bag. This is the unltimate unconsciousness of humans trashing their planet which supports their very lives and existance.

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