Plastics make up for a third of the waste that pollutes our planet. Plastics are expensive to manufacture and rarely recyclable, and recent headlines have been awash with photos of marine life that's slowly being killed off by the tons of plastic waste that now floats around our oceans and seas.
Some countries have started to react and have now banned single use plastic bags or kitchen utensils, but we've still got a long way to go if we're to clear up the mess we've made of our planet. More and more people are opting for eco-friendly options, even if it's more costly, but that doesn't mean some companies have stopped using plastics as their preferred choice of packaging.
Here are 29 shocking photos of completely unnecessary plastic packaging that you'll still find being used today...
1. Three packages for one tiny hay fever pill...
2. Seriously? Sodas being sold in plastic containers?
3. Individually-wrapped slices of bread
4. Is this a trend? An empty CD box that directs you to a software download link...
5. A lot of bag for such a small item
6. A huge box of Tic Tac's that contains 60 smaller boxes, each containing only 6 Tac Tics
7. Another example of too much packaging for a small item
8. Bananas' thick skin is biodegradable and enough to protect them!
9. When you buy a pallet and receive one made from plastic
10. Amazon sent this bubble wrap in a huge box with added paper packaging
11. Organic oranges wrapped in plastic packaging...
13. Individual strawberries on a plastic support and then presented in a box...
14. Individually-wrapped jelly beans!
15. More bananas in plastic boxes
16. Amazon seem to make a habit of using big boxes for tiny items - in this case a simple memory stick
17. Save the planet with low energy light bulbs that come delivered in far too much packaging
18. Yep, another Amazon example!
19. This time it's peeled bananas in plastic packaging
20. We're shocked that these jars and tin have been wrapped in plastic!
21. We're beginning to lose hope
22. All that just for one piece of candy...
23. In order to stop avocado halves going brown...
24. French supermarket Carrefour sells tangerine slices like this!
25. Open a packet of M&M’s to find a packet of M&M’s!
26. An individually wrapped banana...
27. Zyrtec, another medication that come in layers of plastic packaging
28. A micro SD card, sent in a giant envelope
29. Strawberries by Harry & David