The world of food packaging has gone through a number of fundamental changes over the past twenty years. Gone are the rows and rows of aluminium tins from our supermarket shelves. In their place paper and plastic have arisen, albeit adorned with the same vibrantly coloured and grossly misleading branding that has governed our buying habits for half a century. As the urban populations of the world have grown, so too has humanity’s predilection for pre-packaged foodstuffs, lazily conditioned into a vague facsimile of an actual meal. Invariably this increased popularity has led to a relative increase in discarded plastic.
Britons are, relatively speaking, pretty good at recycling, We’re by no means the best at it, and the lack of recycling facilities on our own shores does rather negate all our hard work by requiring petrol fuel vehicles to ship our waste abroad, but that’s an argument for another day. And so the question of how we package our food remains an ever present spectre hanging over our increasingly ecofriendly society.