Why buying plastic-free groceries is so hard (Marketplace)

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  • Published on:  Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Is plastic packaging out of control at your supermarket? We challenge two families to help us uncover why supermarkets aren't doing more to reduce plastic waste.To read more: https://www.cbc.ca/1.4969379»»» Subscribe to CBC News to watch more videos: http://bit.ly/1RreYWSConnect with CBC News Online:For breaking news, video, audio and in-depth coverage: http://bit.ly/1Z0m6iXFind CBC News on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1WjG36mFollow CBC News on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1sA5P9HFor breaking news on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1WjDyksFollow CBC News on Instagram: http://bit.ly/1Z0iE7ODownload the CBC News app for iOS: http://apple.co/25mpsUzDownload the CBC News app for Android: http://bit.ly/1XxuozZ»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»For more than 75 years, CBC News has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBCNews.ca, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.


  • Barb D  5 months ago

    Why in the world would you wrap a coconut?

  • Mouse P  15 days ago

    @Brad Evans Interesting… What are they afraid of? Not enough resources? The factory will stop supply their needs? Or they just get use of secrecy when it comes to business?🤔

  • Mouse P  15 days ago

    @king james488 Humm… Maybe we just can't get rid of label/company/origin stickers, in order to make sure where the foods are from. But, plastic packagings are not necessary, really.

  • M Dion  5 months ago

    Couldn't grocery stores go back to paper bags?

  • Razzy  2 hours ago

    M Dion its the producers that make the products. They put everything in the plastic. The grocery stores would have To ban plastic which wouldn’t be worth it because all theyre suppliers are just not going to sell theyre any more or prices just go up

  • Chelsea L.S.H.  2 days ago

    Just switching to paper isn’t going to do anything

  • florence wrake  3 months ago


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  • Jenica  6 days ago


  • Victoria Pietryka  5 months ago

    14:30 r u telling me we have a plastic look alike that is biodegradable and we still use regular plastic??!!!?!!!

  • Chelsea L.S.H.  2 days ago

    Because it’s more expensive and corporations are greedy

  • louis tournas  3 days ago

    Cellulose is a plastic. Some plastics are natural and some are artificial and come from petrol (after some chemistry). Cooked eggs denatures the proteins which creates a plastic like substance (the white flexible part).There is one called polylactose I think, that SunChips used for a year. It was noisy and was biodegradeable. It was good stuff.Polyethylene is the most common plastic made. It is very durable. It can resists strong acids and bases. It's also possible to make it from plants.

  • Chantal Said  5 months ago

    I think part of the problem is, us north Americans have been led to believe that plastic = food safety. Plastic = freshness. We buy huge quantities of food, and this also contributes to food waste. I've made my own cloth and mesh bags for shopping and try not to buy packaged stuff. We moved from a 1600sq ft home to an 88sq ft camper. We don't have space for heavy packaging and garbage. We buy what we know we can eat in a few days because our fridge is small. We try to find places we can bring our own c...

  • donvidol  7 days ago

    Ehy you deserve a prize for living like 3/4 of rest of the world !

  • Michelle  16 days ago

    the UK isn't much better they wrap cucumbers, broccoli and the like as well. the example in this video was one example but most chain supermarkets are not much better.

  • Deborah Mebude  5 months ago

    Love the sentiment CBC, but please, next time don't conduct a report discouraging the use of plastics by purposely making a group of people purchase plastic (especially if they would otherwise be avoiding plastic)... So so counterproductive and hardly educational.

  • holdupholdup  3 months ago

    YES! Same sentiments. Perhaps a better idea would be to have the eco friendly family guide the other less aware family through the journey.

  • Emma Schultz  4 months ago

    I think they were trying to emphasise how easy plastic free was and how hard it was to go back — and point out how much cheaper plastic free is

  • Judy Dollins  5 months ago

    I see a lot of people that would buy a lettuce already wrapped in plastic, and put it inside another plastic bag.

  • Jennifer Moore  3 months ago

    My partner and I are trying hard to go plastic free. It is NOT easy in the US. We willingly spend more in order to avoid plastic.

  • Wendy parsons  1 months ago

    Jennifer Moore I live in the US and am a single mom and I have to say that going nearly plastic free has been relatively simple. I certainly have fewer choices, but in the end, I’m still spending somewhat less than before and I am far more happier with life using the least amount of plastic that I can manage.

  • Milo Čestmír  3 months ago

    Jennifer Moore your ultimately doing the best for all of us thank you!

  • Raymond Yang  5 months ago

    I am an Indonesian, and to be honest, it is very difficult to live without plastic. I mean it is self-evident that Indonesia is the second largest plastic waste contributor. I tried my best to avoid using plastic, and I kept failing. But during those trials, I often found out that I could cut my spending tremendously. There was once that I offered my own bag instead of using the plastic bag when I was buying some books in Indonesian biggest locaI chain bookstore that refused to respect my option, st...

  • llgla  10 days ago

    Could u return the plastic bag after buying the books?

  • Just showing the reciept of the book you've bought. I also hate when only bought 1 book but need to use plastic bag. But I hope they could reduce the book plastic wrap somehow

  • Eusunt Dac  5 months ago

    All packaging should be bio-degradable, or illegal.

  • CS: GOPNIK  3 days ago

    Ok, let's put our raw chicken in a big bulk tub so we can just carry it

  • Thanos  1 months ago

    yup ill have to agree with you