#PassOnPlastic and Ableism

I want to say first that I agree 100% that we need to reduce our plastic consumption for the environmental well-being of our planet. I am in no way arguing that plastic pollution isn’t important. We’ve all seen photos of birds, animals and fish caught up in beer can rings, fishing net, etc.

However, as I was browsing the #PassOnPlastic hashtag I saw a couple of people raising “unnecessary” packaging for pre-cut fruit and vegetables.

Whether it’s ready-sliced or peeled, these things aren’t for “lazy” people – they’re for those with limited mobility in their hands, wrists and/or arms. Yes, more abled people will maximise on the availability and grab, especially if they’re going to work, and I’ve no issue with this. What I do have an issue with is people calling for a ban on such products without considering who they’re really for and the impact their removal would be.

Unnecessary packaging vs accessible packaging
Are we really telling people who struggle preparing fruit and vegetables that they can’t have them? That they should give up an independent life and have someone come in to prepare their meals? (Like those in that position have the funds for that!)

Does the packaging of prepared fruit and veg need to be looked at? Heck, yes. But the solution needs to be financially accessible as well as environmentally friendly. Again, I’m not talking about the busy worker grabbing a snack on the way to work, but people with arthritis, recovering stroke victims and those with motor neutron difficulties who rely on pre-prepared, easy-to-open packaged items.

In this day and age, I simply don’t see why we can’t tackle environmental issues and maintain accessibility.

4 thoughts on “#PassOnPlastic and Ableism

  1. Very thought provoking. At first I thought “pre-peeled fruit” what?!?!? But then the reasons make absolute sense to me. I have eczema and love fruit, but sometimes the juice that comes out when peeling it really stings my hands. I have just accepted it/steer away from those fruits. But this would have been good as a kid. However as you raise there is an environmental impact. In this day and age there must be a better way. And if not, then you have hit on a business venture there…. #ThatFridayLinky

    1. I strongly believe there’s a great business just waiting for someone clever enough to come up with the solution. Pity I’m not that bright!

  2. It’s a great move let’s hope everybody follows this lead Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  3. My five year old twins came out of school a few weeks ago talking about plastic and the impact it’s having on the environment. I think supermarkets etc should be more responsible and reduce waste and packaging. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

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