Food And Beverage - Should Plastic Food Packaging Be Taxed?

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Food And Beverage - Should Plastic Food Packaging Be Taxed?

Food And Beverage - Should Plastic Food Packaging Be Taxed?

Consumers have their own opinions when it comes to plastic packaging for foods and other products.  Recently, an online survey of 1,000 consumers conducted by Surveygoo found that more than half of consumers in the U.K. believe plastic food packaging should be taxed, while a third of consumers in the U.S. share that opinion.

 
When it comes to plastic packaging used for fruits and vegetables, 38% of U.S. consumers surveyed agreed they would be more likely to shop at supermarkets offering these foods without plastic packaging.
 
California and Hawaii have banned plastic bags along with several major cities including Austin, TX, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Boulder, Washington, D.C. and Seattle.
 
In addition to plastic for food packaging, other retailers are working to cut down on plastic use including Starbucks, whose mission is to replace plastic straws with recyclable paper straws over the next two years.  PCC Community Markets in Seattle has vowed to transition to biodegradable alternatives in its deli department packaging by 2022 in its effort to do away with plastic.
 
Nielsen, a worldwide information, data and measurement company, says that companies who fail to adhere to environmental stewardship could potentially lose millions to competitors who do commit to the desires of consumers in regards to environmental footprint.  Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and other companies have been asked by The Plastic Solutions Investors Alliance to disclose their yearly use of plastic packaging in an effort to transition to reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging, a request the three mentioned companies have agreed to according to Bloomberg.
 
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