May 8, 2017



A } In the supermarkets some fruits and many veggies are "conveniently"{ for the seller} packed in see-through plastic without any air getting to it. This reduces the use-by-life of these veggies up to half, compared to being packed in paper or open.

The one exception are cucumbers, which benefit from being in an air-tight wrapping, which prolongs their use-by-life.

The more veggie-adapted-packing will reduce naturally the amount of thrown away food, lead to healthier life [for some] and in the long run has to ease the demand of pesticides sprayed on our veggies, as the ""NOT THROWN AWAY"" veggies will not have to be produce in a weeks time.


B } The reduction of oversized fruits is not only a packing reduction, it is also a question of better heath for the consumer. The bigger an apple, a pear, .. with its vitamins just under the skin is, the fewer vitamins one does buy. The volume increases with cube, whereas the surface increases only with the square.

e.g 1kg of apples made up of four items, when compared to 1kg of apples containing 10 items, has for the same amount of weight about 50 to 70% less vitamins.

Do you know of a 4 year old child, who is eating 250g of apple in one go? (Especially, when it needs both hands to hold it??) So what is happening to the not yet eaten part?? Kept for later? Whom are you kidding? So it's intake of vitamins is about 10 % of that of an apple it can in one hand, it will eat all of it. Less waste and much more healthy.

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  • ian.babelon
    Oct 18, 2017

    One could reduce waste by raising awareness about the value of producing less waste, as well as by showing how enjoyable an attractive, litter-free environment could be. Everyone needs to work together: employees, parents, children, community leaders, CEOs, teachers, engineers, artists, councillors, waste collectors and managers... 1. Reducing needs How much do we really need? Awareness about the consequences of our consumption choices needs to grow. Rethinking our needs could help us in reducing our waste, be it household waste or energy and other utilities. For example, why buy more food than we can eat just because an offer is on, or because we can afford it? The planned obsolescence of countless products does not help, our society needs to shift to making durable goods again. That means being more satisfied with what we already have, and valuing simplicity over consumerist behaviours. Going for quality rather than quantity need not cost the earth nor jam the economy. 2. Improving our streets and public spaces Many neighbourhoods in Newcastle are blighted with litter. There is no silver bullet to the issue, but making streets and shared spaces more attractive could encourage everyone to look after shared space, such as backyards, back alleys and public spaces. Attractive pocket parks, trees, fixtures, playgrounds and safe streets can all improve the quality of our neighbourhoods. 3. Food waste collection Many local councils around the world collect food waste separately, compost it, and sell or give away the compost back to residents.
  • Debbie Scott
    Jun 14, 2017

    I agree with others about composting, offer residents decent composte bins and helpful advise on how to use it to encourage them to be more green, grow flowers or veg, keeping their gardens nice at the same time.
  • marcinkrk81
    Jun 14, 2017

    1 -Bin on the street only on the day of the collection.   2 -more containers of litter, (Elswick needs). 3 - Applying penalties for throwing garbage to the ground. 4 -World Day Earth to introduce at school 1 to 2h cleaning garbage (papers, etc.) by children around the school after an early agreement by parents. 5-The company that cuts the grass should report the trash and not just ride around. 6 - More people cleaning and collecting rubbish on their feet. 7 - On cleaning of particularly dirty streets introduce a ban on parking on one side of the street but it should be refined.