Here is an unfortunate example of a good product (organic fruits and vegetables) sold in excessive plastic packaging on Greek supermarket shelves. Organic produce in Greece needs to be either (1) packaged to be "protected" from the toxic chemicals of non-organic produce all the way from the producer through to the supermarket shelf or (2) all points along the sales channel need to be certified organic...the result is that you end up selling organic bananas in plastic bags, organic pears / apples / avocados on styrofoam trays, wrapped in plastic, and pineapples / oranges in plastic nets (which offer dubious protection). How is this possibly good? All these fruits and vegetables already come in their very own packaging - a 100% biodegradable peel. Perhaps the law and definitely the choice of packaging material need to be revisited.
We recommend you DO NOT BUY ORGANIC PRODUCTS (AND DEFINITELY DO NOT BUY NON-ORGANIC PRODUCTS) THAT ARE WRAPPED IN THIS MANNER and prefer to buy them from organic shops (where organic produce is sold without packaging) or at an organic open air market, or laiki, (as long as you bring your own basket / tote bag and don't accept the plastic bags that vendors hand out there). Tell your local supermarket why you are not shopping organic produce from them so they can lobby the government to rethink this wasteful law and lobby producers to rethink their packaging (for example, replace the plastic with recycled cardboard boxes or compostable packaging solutions). We are following activist Anita Horan, who started her #PlasticFreeProduce campaign in Australia with great success and we look forward to do the same in Greece.