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Supermarkets are addicted to plastic

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C'mon supermarkets give me - and the world - a break. Photo: Shutterstock

C'mon supermarkets give me - and the world - a break. Photo: Shutterstock

C'mon Coles and Woolies, time to do your bit for Valentine's Day.

I am trying so, so hard to reduce my use of single-use plastics.

Then you invent packaging for your products strong enough to defy the strongest blade, you could build a gulag from the stuff. No way this is going to biodegrade in the next 1000 years.

You see I am not a romantic in the commercial craziness of Valentine's Day - flowers and stuff. I'm not much into Halloween's Day either so you can stop that, too.

But I dearly love my wife, I try and demonstrate that every day, not just on the one day of the year you would like me to. I am a bit cute like that.

Most mornings I manage to make lunch for my wife before she heads off to work. She is a school teacher, and facing her is a classroom full of Greta Thunbergs.

Like a seagull onto a chip, little kids have no guile, they attack if they see the plastic come out. Strawberries in the lunch? Make sure they are not in the punnet.

Not the meat aisle, Junior! Forget the products, worry about the plastic overload.

Not the meat aisle, Junior! Forget the products, worry about the plastic overload.

I am not sure how they pass through the meat aisle any more with the pre-packed fare on offer, mums and dads would have to take them for therapy.

We use food containers - Pyrex, Tupperware, that sort of stuff.

We are getting better at using the beeswax food covering instead of plastic wrap.

It all goes into a little freezer-bag-thingy, along with her reusable drink bottle, she keeps her lunch in.

Every now and then I should drop a plastic drinking straw strategically on top to see what reaction she would have at school if it fell on the floor.

My addicted-to-burning-fossil-fuel generation and I have failed to make a difference with so many things.

It's time for the big supermarkets to come on board and help us with the fight as well.

Chris McLennan

Editor, Katherine Times

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