Aussies have waste worries

Aussies have packaged produce waste worries

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LESS: A survey has found Australians are concerned about the amount of packaging involved in the fresh food industry.

LESS: A survey has found Australians are concerned about the amount of packaging involved in the fresh food industry.

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Shoppers would prefer a reduction in fresh food packaging.

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HALF of Australians aren't happy about wastage across supermarkets, according a new report.

In particular, the overuse of plastic packaging and discarded imperfect produce stands as a point of concern for shoppers.

Global risk management provider, SAI Global, conducted the survey of an independent panel of 1008 Australian adult respondents.

The results showed 53 per cent want retailers to stop the overuse of plastic packaging.

Survey respondents were asked about plastic packaging across supermarkets: 53pc said there is too much plastic packaging and they want the practice stopped.

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However, it seems more young people appreciate the convenience of plastic packaging.

The survey revealed that the older the shopper, the more they wanted the overuse of plastic packaging to be stopped.

Sixty-three per cent of over-65s want less prolific plastic packaging across supermarkets, compared with 58pc of 55-64-year-olds, 52pc of 35-54s, 49pc of 25-34s and 39pc of 18-24s.

Too much plastic packaging is also a practice that a higher proportion of ACT shoppers would like to see an end to - 73pc, compared with just 48pc of Victorian residents.

A total of 39pc want supermarkets to accept imperfect produce.

The survey also revealed that 39 per cent of Aussies want retailers to stop rejecting produce that is out of specification for cosmetic reasons, if it leads to the produce being thrown away.

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