It’s a little thing, but it has now taken on a gigantic irritation quotient in my brain: PCC uses this funky, straight-to-the-landfill plastic netting on many of the vegetables, such as brussel sprouts above, green beans and the like.
Why this bugs me: the netting is completely non-reusable, and face it: my relationship with PCC is a values-based thing. I don’t go there because they have the best price. I go there because their values are supposed to be somewhat in line with my own. And my values are like this: I re-use & recycle to the degree possible. That means: as much as possible.
These little green mesh bags? Not so much. Can’t re-use, can’t recycle…in fact, they’re a total waste, not to mention that if I want a lot (and I do, I eat a LOT of vegetables), I have to buy sometimes two or three of these plastic mesh packages.
So when I asked Kevin, the veg manager at my local PCC why PCC has suddenly started using them, his answer so completely underwhelmed that I just walked away: because “it’s easier to stock with the mesh bags, and there’s less mess to clean up.” No. Really.
So, I went straight away to Metropolitan Market, it has a pretty wonderful veg and fruit section, and guess what! Their sprouts and green beans? Free as birds, no plastic mesh wrap. And guess what else! None on the floor. No mess. So I bought some of the green beans, and if this pattern continues, I may be heading over to Met Market for all my shopping. I do like it better in many ways.
I work hard to avoid putting more stuff in the land fill. I prefer to partner with organizations that are sensitive to the issues as well. As I said, it’s a small thing…but those small things tend to have outsize power over time.