We know what a lot of you Pandas are like. You care about Mother Earth and its delicious bamboo groves, lush forests, and comfy nooks and crannies where you can nap. So you recycle. You also cycle to work instead of driving your Pandamobile. And you buy products that are more eco-friendly and use less plastic. Because every little step really does matter.

But let’s face it, if you’re like us, sometimes when you walk into a grocery store you might lose hope when you spot just how much unnecessary packaging is used to pack some food products. And by unnecessary packaging, we mean U n N e C e S s A r Y to the point that you feel all of your environmentally friendly actions suddenly mean very little when faced with systemic issues on an industrial scale.

We wanted to show you just how plastically insane things can get, so our bamboo-loving Bored Panda team hiked all through the internet wilds to bring you the most egregious examples of wasteful food packaging. Have a scroll down below, upvote the pics that made you want to throw your recycling bin at somebody, and let us know how you feel about all of this plastic waste in the comments.

#1

Ridiculously Redundant Over-Packaging

Ridiculously Redundant Over-Packaging

NYhook Report

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

This is not only infuriating, it's also the most stupid idea ever.

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#2

Hong Kong Supermarket Selling Individually Plastic Wrapped And Boxed Strawberry. For $21. One Strawberry

Hong Kong Supermarket Selling Individually Plastic Wrapped And Boxed Strawberry. For $21. One Strawberry

Ree81 Report

Wilf
Community Member
2 months ago

And air miles too...

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#3

Replacing The Egg Shell With More Plastic To Go Into The Ocean

Replacing The Egg Shell With More Plastic To Go Into The Ocean

ShinigamiDady Report

Wilf
Community Member
2 months ago

why??? What possible benefit is there to be gained by removing an egg from its shell???

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Setting aside the practical long-term economic and ecological worries that we have for our own survival, we have to realize that our attitudes toward our environment, plastic pollution, and consumption reflect who we are inside.

Not to sound too cheesy (don’t worry, it’s vegan), but the fight for a clean and healthy planet is also a fight for our very souls. We can either live wastefully, destroying everything around us for short-term pleasure and profit or we can choose to live with wisdom, respecting our role as a part of nature. Now, this certainly doesn’t mean living as ascetically as a monk would, but it doesn’t hurt to have a more minimalist outlook to counter the throwaway society that we live in.

#4

Packaged Chopped Parsley

Packaged Chopped Parsley

urbanearthlovers Report

Jane S.
Community Member
2 months ago

Good luck getting it all out of the package, too.

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#5

Plastic Has To Removed From Every Single Mini Sausage Before Cooking

Plastic Has To Removed From Every Single Mini Sausage Before Cooking

UndocumentedTuesday Report

Alonso Victoria
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't know in other countries, but here in México that isn't plastic, is some sort of gelatin film completly edible, you can choose if you eat it or discard it.

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#6

If Only Oranges Came With Their Own Protective Packaging So We Didn't Have To Use Plastic

If Only Oranges Came With Their Own Protective Packaging So We Didn't Have To Use Plastic

c08306834 Report

Candace Alagappan
Community Member
2 months ago

FYI Those are mandarins... Not hating, just stating facts. Incredible post and caption though!

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Single-use plastics currently account for more than a third of all plastics produced each year. What’s more, 98 percent of single-use plastics are manufactured from fossil fuels. Tackling this issue, then, is a vital part of protecting our environment and our future. The BBC reports that an analysis of the business network behind plastic production found that a mere 20 companies are the source of more than half of all the single-use plastic items that are thrown away all over the world.

#7

Individually Wrapped Grapes In Japan

Individually Wrapped Grapes In Japan

momonomo99 Report

Sonja
Community Member
2 months ago

what?!

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#8

Your Coke Needs That Plastic

Your Coke Needs That Plastic

Ui_Hirasawa Report

Sonja
Community Member
2 months ago

whyyyyy

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#9

The Three Layers Of Plastic Protection For These Oranges. How Is This Even Allowed?

The Three Layers Of Plastic Protection For These Oranges. How Is This Even Allowed?

j_fisher85 Report

Coleonema
Community Member
2 months ago

Why is it that it seems that the most plastic used in packaging is in Japanese/Chinese markets? I've seen many examples of this and it makes no sense to me

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“Plastic bottles, food packages, and bags are among billions of items that are used once and then thrown away, often ending up in the oceans,” the BBC writes about the impact these companies, the largest producer of single-use plastic of which is ExxonMobil, have on the world.

#10

Such A Waste Of Plastic

Such A Waste Of Plastic

Alexii2 Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

That's appalling

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#11

Asparagus Water???

Asparagus Water???

urbanearthlovers Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 months ago

i cannot believe somebody would pay money for this...

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#12

What Can You Even Make With 1 Tomato?? The Styrofoam Bedding

What Can You Even Make With 1 Tomato?? The Styrofoam Bedding

plasticobsessedjapan Report

Marc
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so stupid... Especially since the tomato probably does not last long in it anyway, because it can not "breathe". Something like this should be banned or banned long ago.

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According to the research, conducted among others by the London School of Economics, part of the increase in single-use plastic waste is due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with protective and medical equipment having to be discarded for health and safety reasons.

#13

I Can’t Even Imagine How Much Plastic Waste Is Just Sitting In Landfills Because Of Pointless Things Like This

I Can’t Even Imagine How Much Plastic Waste Is Just Sitting In Landfills Because Of Pointless Things Like This

_johnfromtheblock_ Report

Kira Okah
Community Member
2 months ago

Do you see the stickers on the potatoes? "Microwave ready". They are for bringing into work and bunging in the microwave with the plastic still on. Because if you're stuck with only a microwave, plastic wrapped potatoes apparently taste better when microwaved and not every workplace has cling wrap. Actually saves some plastic use with how some people trail cling wrap.

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#14

Pre Peeled Bananas In Plastic. There Is So Much Wrong With This!!

Pre Peeled Bananas In Plastic. There Is So Much Wrong With This!!

lillys_plastic_pickup Report

Ste
Community Member
2 months ago

As soon as you peel a banana and expose it to air, it begins to turn brown. That's disgusting

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#15

Spraying Water Over Vegetables Wrapped In Plastic, Complete Waste

Spraying Water Over Vegetables Wrapped In Plastic, Complete Waste

ChiefChair Report

Everything AGR
Community Member
2 months ago

waste of water and plastic!

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The United Kingdom is in fourth place in its plastic consumption, with each citizen generating over 40 kilograms of single-use plastic waste per year. Australia is in first place, meanwhile, the United States stands in second place.

#16

Looks Like Some People Are Still Grapeling With Their New Year's Resolutions

Looks Like Some People Are Still Grapeling With Their New Year's Resolutions

pointless_packaging Report

Capermom
Community Member
2 months ago

What the hell...?!? That is truly infuriating..!

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#17

Harry & David Strawberries

Harry & David Strawberries

socialcookingclub.niti Report

Capermom
Community Member
2 months ago

That's not packaging...that's more like bedding...lol

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#18

Wouldn't It Be Nice If Fruit Like Bananas Had Their Own Natural Packaging To Help Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Wouldn't It Be Nice If Fruit Like Bananas Had Their Own Natural Packaging To Help Reduce Plastic Pollution?

jimmmUK Report

denzoren
Community Member
2 months ago

Banana releases ethylene...which speeds up ripening. Putting it in a bag just makes it worse.

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Essentially, what the report showed is that the future of the plastic waste crisis lies in the hands of a handful of companies. Therefore change that affects our environment on a global scale ought to start from there.

#19

This Is Some Next Level Laziness

This Is Some Next Level Laziness

goldfishstick Report

Frances M
Community Member
2 months ago

For people with arthritis in their hands but who still want to enjoy oranges...

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#20

My Wife Wanted Peeled Garlic. They Peeled, Then Individually Wrapped Them

My Wife Wanted Peeled Garlic. They Peeled, Then Individually Wrapped Them

kuahara Report

CH1990
Community Member
2 months ago

Wonder how "organic" their packaging is

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#21

A Packaged Lemon, With The Slogan "Waste Less, Enjoy More"

A Packaged Lemon, With The Slogan "Waste Less, Enjoy More"

ReminiscentSnake Report

Capermom
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh the irony...

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“It's an extraordinary point of leverage for regulators, for finance institutions, to influence them in order that rather than producing from fossil fuels, they produce plastic that's recycled,” said Dominic Charles, the Minderoo Foundation’s director of finance and transparency. The Minderoo Foundation published the research findings.

"We need to go after the tap, to turn off the tap of fossil fuel plastics and we need to create plastics from recycled material,” Charles from the Minderoo Foundation said.

#22

My Hellofresh Meal Kit Came With 4 Individually Bagged Carrots And A Bagged Slice Of Bread

My Hellofresh Meal Kit Came With 4 Individually Bagged Carrots And A Bagged Slice Of Bread

mrFLONK Report

N G
Community Member
2 months ago

Is HelloFresh different in other countries then? My HelloFresh comes in so little plastic packaging I've occasionally lost the single garlic clove they sent until I tip the entire box upside down and it's under one of the ice bags!

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#23

This Individually Packaged Slice Of Whole Wheat Bread

This Individually Packaged Slice Of Whole Wheat Bread

bri_tek15 Report

Candace Alagappan
Community Member
2 months ago

WTFH!!

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#24

Cannot Beleaf This From M&s

Cannot Beleaf This From M&s

pointless_packaging Report

Jane S.
Community Member
2 months ago

Words fail.

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In short, there’s a need to put a stop to the production of single-use plastics from non-recyclable materials, in order to counteract the report’s grim prognosis: within the next 5 years, plastic production is set to expand by a whopping 30 percent.

#25

If Only Bananas Had Robust, Natural, Bio-Degradable Packaging Of Their Own. Some Sort Of Peelable Skin, Perhaps

If Only Bananas Had Robust, Natural, Bio-Degradable Packaging Of Their Own. Some Sort Of Peelable Skin, Perhaps

thenamenononehas Report

SykesDaMan
Community Member
2 months ago

... And an easy one to peel too...

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#26

It's Getting Hot In Here, So Take Off All Your Cloves

It's Getting Hot In Here, So Take Off All Your Cloves

pointless_packaging Report

Emerald
Community Member
2 months ago

This caption is funny

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#27

The Most Ridiculous Part About Living In Japan: Plastic Everywhere!

The Most Ridiculous Part About Living In Japan: Plastic Everywhere!

thesimpleenvironmentalist Report

Jane S.
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm starting to feel better about my own country. We still use too much plastic, but at least we don't do this.

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#28

Individually Wrapped Gummy Bears

Individually Wrapped Gummy Bears

OniTale Report

Kira Okah
Community Member
2 months ago

Another lunchbox/halloween bag of sweets.

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#29

These Peeled Avocados Wrapped In Plastic

These Peeled Avocados Wrapped In Plastic

averhaegen Report

Cadmar Orion
Community Member
2 months ago

Those are gonna go bad so fast

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#30

Individually Wrapped Peppers That Are Used For Salad And Pre Cut Into 1/4s Just To Have To Be Cut Again Into Smaller Pieces

Individually Wrapped Peppers That Are Used For Salad And Pre Cut Into 1/4s Just To Have To Be Cut Again Into Smaller Pieces

6packobeer Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I know as a society we are becoming more and more time poor but this is just ridiculous.

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