See those bananas pictured above? They come in some durable packaging, don’t they? The thick outer skin does a good job of protecting the fruit inside. Most people, when buying a bunch of bananas at the grocery store, don’t even put the bunch in a plastic produce bag. They just put them in the cart, knowing that the skins will protect the bananas from damage and dirt.

Wrapping bananas in plastic is unnecessary. Yet, Del Monte, according to the Daily Mail, is packaging individually wrapped bananas as a Natural Energy Snack on the Go. The bananas are placed in the plastic wrap when they are green and “Controlled Ripening Technology” inside the bag will prolong the life of the banana for six days longer than an unwrapped banana.

Del Monte’s managing director in the U.K. is quoted as saying, “Del Monte’s new CRT packaging is designed to provide significant carbon footprint savings by reducing the frequency of deliveries and the amount of waste going to landfill. The packaging is also recyclable.”
Does anyone else think this is ridiculous? Most of the people who have commented have had the same reaction I did: no wrapper at all has got to be more environmentally friendly than a wrapper that is manufactured and ends up in a landfill or is recycled. As for the recycling, these individually wrapped bananas will be sold in convenience stores. Most people will unwrap them on the way to their car and throw the wrapper in the trash outside the store.
Bananas that have gone bad don’t need to go into a landfill. They can be composted.
What do you think? Do you think there is any merit to the argument that these plastic-wrapped bananas are more environmentally friendly?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Do bananas need plastic wrap?
Del Monte says their individually wrapped bananas are environmentally friendly. Others think Del Monte is bananas.