The National Federation of Womens Institutes has announced a plan to boycott supermarkets that don’t cut down on unnecessary packaging.
The federation has identified ten fruit and vegetables as examples of produce it believes to be wrapped in unnecessary packaging.
This includes shrink-wrapped coconuts and peppers sold by Morrisons, and turnips, broccoli and cucumber with similar packaging at stores such as Tesco and M&S.
It criticises stores which sell bananas and spring onions in plastic bags and says it is ridiculous to put courgettes, parsnips and baking potatoes into trays before wrapping them in plastic. The federation’s chairman Fay Mansell said: ‘Our members are very disappointed to see this sort of packaging. They want potatoes and other produce as it is meant to be.