'Part of the problem': Woolies shopper hits out at supermarket over photo

A woman has called on Woolworths to reduce its plastic packaging on social media by sharing a photo of vegetables in plastic containers.

The woman posted a photo of a shelf in Woolies, believed to be in Sydney, on Sunday.

She claims the amount of plastic packaging in supermarkets “is increasing”.

“If you're not part of the solution you are part of the problem,” she wrote.

The photo shows cauliflower florets, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato and a number of other veggies in plastic containers in a fridge.

The packaging comes despite Woolworths stating on its website that it is “focused on eliminating plastic where possible”.

A Woolworths supermarket shelf with pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables. They are in plastic containers.
A NSW woman believes Woolies' plastic packaging is increasing. Source: Facebook

A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia in a statement the supermarket understands customers want it to reduce plastic packaging.

“Over the last two years, we have removed around 1000 tonnes of plastic from our bakery and fruit and vegetable ranges,” the spokesperson said.

“Most of the plastic used in our pre-cut range is recyclable through either kerbside (for rigid packaging) or at our stores through the REDcycle program (for soft plastic packaging).

“We continue to offer a wide range of loose fruit and vegetables in our stores.”

Earlier this month, an Adelaide woman voiced her frustration about Woolies’ packaging of fresh produce.

The woman included photos showing zucchini, mini cucumbers, apples, bananas, pears and tomatoes all wrapped in plastic on different shelves appearing to be at Woolworths.

In a response to the post, Woolworths acknowledged plastic is an “important issue”.

“We're working hard to address products in our range that are over-packaged and currently have trials in stores to reduce plastic packaging,” the supermarket wrote in its response.

“While some packaging​ will continue, to preserve the life or extend the shelf life of a product, we're committed to actively pursuing packaging alternatives.”

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