We see stories about plastics packaging and sustainability every day. But not on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Comedy Central's Stewart opened his March 7 show with a rant against Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc.'s individually wrapped bananas. He nominated the product for the show's honorary "Pantry of Shame," saying the product was designed "for people who love bananas but hate their biodegradability." James Epstein-Reeves wrote a well researched item on the issue today for Forbes magazine's "The CSR Blog," which focuses on corporate social responsibility issues. I won't repeat all of Epstein-Reeves' work here ... check the link for a good Q&A interview with Dionysios Christou, Del Monte Fresh Produce's vice president of marketing. As the plastics packaging experts on "The Plastics Blog" already know, there's a purpose for the individually wrapped banana -- to extend the shelf life of the product. Certainly not all bananas need Del Monte's "Controlled Ripening Technology" package. But, used properly, it can help reduce food waste.
Jon Stewart blasts plastic-wrapped bananas
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