Each year in the UK we throw away 178m bags of these prepared salads. Consumers and retailers must rethink shopping to stop unnecessary waste

I can’t deny I continue to give in to the lure of the humble bagged salad. Shameful as it is for a two-time cookbook author to admit, I do genuinely find them rather handy … even if all that plastic does make me cringe. Luckily for me, my husband is a bit gung ho when it comes to his greens, so nothing ever gets tossed, but I do often wonder about their shelf life and what becomes of all that waste. About 40% of the bagged salad we in Britain buy every year is thrown out: 178m bags.

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Source: Guardian Climate Change