Senator Robbie Gallagher has joined his colleagues in calling for a ban on plastic wrap on groceries in supermarkets.
The Fianna Fáil man says Ireland should follow France’s lead in banning plastic packaging.
“We have been repeatedly warned that our seas will have more plastic than fish by 2050 if we don’t change our habits. Only 14% of plastic waste can be recycled, so we need to look at what we can do to change our plastic consumption and reduce food waste.
“We’ve often seen products wrapped in plastic that actually don’t need any packaging at all. We need to start asking ourselves why this is happening and we need to select, where possible, products that don’t need any packaging. ‘have no unnecessary packaging,’ said Senator Gallagher.
Senator Gallagher also claimed that such a ban would likely reduce food waste. He noted that the UK charity, the Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP), spent 18 months researching the difference between people buying produce in bulk and people buying packaged produce.
“He concluded that selling produce in bulk, without packaging, prevented 14 million baskets of food from being wasted. In fact, by selecting produce in bulk, we are also significantly reducing food waste, a double win. We must follow this path and get rid of unnecessary plastic packaging from our products,” he said.