The image was posted in the Reddit community page r/Anticonsumption, which has more than 720,000 members and includes the subtitle “Consumerism Kills.”
The problem with the picture is that these natural foods do not need to be wrapped in plastic, a material invented over 100 years ago and which is known for causing loads of environmental damage on many different levels.
In the U.S. alone, around 40 million tons of plastic are thrown out each year, according to Statista.
Currently, there are about 50 to 75 trillion pieces of plastic and microplastics floating in the world’s oceans, according to the Ocean Literacy Portal, and that number continues to increase as developing nations use more plastic, following the lead of rich nations.
People had plenty to say about the plethora of plastic-wrapped dates in the image.
“This is probably the most absurd thing I have seen in a while,” one commenter wrote.
“If only they came in their own natural packaging that kept their insides fresh. Oh wait,” another added with a glint of irony.
“Everytime I go to the supermarket I find some new product that doesn’t need to be wrapped in plastic. It makes my blood boil,” another Redditor said.
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