On Tuesday, Greenpeace Taiwan urged the government to draw up rules aimed at cutting back on plastic packaging, focusing on fruits and vegetables. Activists of the organization flagged overpackaging in products available across the country’s retailers and supermarkets. It was pointed out that over 90% of fresh products are wrapped in single-use plastics. Up to 100 million vegetable and fruit items are sold at these locations a year, creating tons of garbage.
A survey jointly conducted with National Cheng Kung University last year revealed that approximately 1.8 billion items of products in ten selected categories are sold a year, resulting in 15,000 tons of plastic waste from packaging. They are fruits, vegetables, eggs, rice, bottled water, bottled drinks, bottled milk, shampoo, laundry detergent and other types of detergent, according to Greenpeace Taiwan.