Shoppers fret more over food packaging waste: poll
OSLO (Reuters)- Food packaging is the fastest wasted. According to a survey on Thursday, more and more shoppers around the world are worried about the environment, and New Zealanders are most willing to cut spending. The Internet- Nielsen\'s survey in 48 countries showed that 40% of respondents were \"very concerned\" about food packaging waste in November 2007, compared with only 31% in the previous survey in May 2007. \"The focus on packaged waste has increased than any other environmental issue,\" Nelson said in a response from 25 000 people . \". The survey also investigated attitudes towards climate change, water shortages, air and water pollution, and the use of pesticides. “While eco- Friendly Packaging may not be the first choice for today\'s shoppers, and this is undoubtedly an increasingly important priority that the food industry can\'t ignore, \"said Patrick Dodd, president of elielsen Europe. Retailers like Wal-Mart Wal-Mart, Carrefour or Tesco are all trying to cut spending. Half of the respondents said they were willing to give up \"convenient packaging \"-- For example, boxes that help make food easier to pile up or transport, re- Sealing containers or plastic packaging are also used when cooking. But only about 30% of people will give up packaging that is designed to keep food clean and not affected by other shoppers, or, for example, labels with instructions for cooking and use. According to the survey, New Zealanders are most willing to cut spending, and more than 65% are willing to give up convenient packaging. People in Finland, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Norway are among the countries most willing to cut spending. On the other hand, people in Thailand and Japan are least willing to give up any kind of packaging. City shoppers in Asia often buy fresh food from the market without buying supermarket food with a long shelf life, Nielsen said. They tend to value goods that are beautiful or easy to store. Europeans and North Americans are least prepared to pack to ensure hygiene. Overall, Nielsen says consumers are turning to demand paper, cardboard or glass, all of which can be recycled instead of plastic or polystyrene. · There are many ways to simplify packaging in the packaging expert martivak Leveau Francesaid. The company cut the thickness of plastic film used in food packaging by 30- He said that while maintaining the same strength, 35%. He also said 1980 of retailers are trying to extend the life of fresh food. Like meat for up to three weeks. Complex packaging is required. \"We have noticed that 8 to 10 days of hold is usually enough,\" he told Reuters . \". In other transitions, biodegradable packaging materials can replace plastics, and canned foods can usually be sold in containers that are not too heavy. — For the latest Reuters Environment blog, please click on: blog. reuters.