Food: People expect chocolate to taste more BITTER if it is in black packaging, study finds

Black chocolate wrappers make consumers think that confectionary will taste more bitter, while yellow and pink create expectations of sweetness, a study found. Researchers from Brazil asked 420 individuals to predict the taste qualities of slabs of milk and dark chocolate that came presented in different coloured packaging. They also found that black wrapping made people expect … Read more

Chemicals from plastic packaging are migrating into our FOOD

Chemicals and pieces of plastic produced through the use of packaging are migrating into food and harming plants and soil ecosystems, scientists warn.  Ecologists from the Free University of Berlin contributed one of three evidence-based essays exploring the problem of microplastics and how best to tackle them. The German team, led by Matthias Rillig, they … Read more

Grandmother, 75, stages anti-plastic protest in Aldi by stripping her shopping of all its packaging

A green grandmother is deliberately causing supermarket chaos by stripping her shopping from its packaging while still in store – dumping a mountain of plastic waste behind. Jackie Hopkinson visited her local Aldi, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, on a mission to tackle ‘excessive use of plastic’ in supermarkets. Armed with scissors and containers, the grandmother-of-three began … Read more

Amazon launches ‘climate-friendly’ platform to reduce amount of packaging

Online shopping giant Amazon has launched an ‘eco-friendly’ platform on its website in a bid to reduce the amount of packaging sent to customers as well as minimising its carbon footprint. The world’s biggest online retailer unveiled the Climate Pledge Friendly in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, claiming the new programme will make … Read more

Coronavirus CAN survive on frozen food packaging, Chinese authorities claim 

The coronavirus can survive on frozen food packaging, Chinese officials have said after discovering a city outbreak linked to frozen fish. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detected and isolated a living sample of the coronavirus on the outer packaging of frozen cod. Only traces of the pathogen had been found on frozen … Read more

Two thirds of food packaging isn’t recyclable, study finds

Two thirds of branded food packaging in Britain isn’t fully recyclable, a new report estimates. Popular brands including Pringles, Cadbury and Babybel use packaging that is either mostly unrecyclable or not recyclable at all, Which? found.   After analysing 89 of popular branded groceries, the consumer group found only 34 per cent had packaging that was … Read more

ADHD in teenagers by may be triggered by packaging chemicals

Chemicals commonly used in food packaging, cosmetics, fragrances and pharmaceuticals may trigger ADHD in teenagers, study warns Researchers from the US analysed the behavioural characteristics of 205 teens They identified those with signs of significant behavioural problems or ADHD This data was then compared with chemical analyses of each teen’s urine They found that hormone-system disrupting … Read more

Chemicals used in food packaging, cosmetics, fragrances and medicines may trigger ADHD in teenagers

Chemicals commonly used in food packaging, cosmetics, fragrances and pharmaceuticals may trigger ADHD in teenagers, study warns Researchers from the US analysed the behavioural characteristics of 205 teens They identified those with signs of significant behavioural problems or ADHD This data was then compared with chemical analyses of each teen’s urine They found that hormone-system disrupting … Read more