During our time in Italy, we started to notice a strange subculture of everyday Italian life. When we went to buy things at supermarkets, we started to notice the large amount of plastic that was used.
Here’s how it works: If you were to buy some bananas, you may see someone giving you the stink eye when you pick them up like we do in Canada. Turns out that in Italy, you’re actually supposed to don a plastic glove when handling produce, then put them in a plastic bag when you go to weigh it. The fact that bananas come in their own wrapper doesn’t seem to matter.
If you don’t like this method, you can buy vegetables and fruit on a Styrofoam tray covered in Saran Wrap. Either way, a LOT of plastic was used. This was supposed to stop the spread of germs, and people claimed that the plastic was recycled, although we remain skeptical.
All things being equal, this is an interesting look into the Italian culture when it comes to plastics.