In campaign entitled: Stop overdressing, the organisation Greenpeace is criticizing Swiss supermarkets for their widespread use of plastic packaging.
Protesters, who assembled outside the headquarters of the supermarket Migros in Zurich on Tuesday, proclaimed that fruit and vegetables come in natural packaging and that wrapping them in plastic is a form of over dressing.
The organisation claims that, per capita, Swiss residents produce more plastic rubbish than anywhere else except for the US and Denmark.
Protestors demanded that Migros publish information on its plastic consumption and adopt a sustainability strategy that aims for zero plastic.
Plastic waste is only the tip of the iceberg. According to a government study, 24 million tonnes of rubbish is created every year in Switzerland, an amount equal to 45 tonnes per minute. Of this total only 24% is household waste. Building sites, the biggest contributor, generate 65% of the total.
Plastic makes up 13% of household waste, a proportion that has exploded since 1950. Back then, world plastic production was one million tonnes a year. By 2016, it had reached 245 million tonnes.
Another waste problem is drink cartons. These are made from a composite material that looks like cardboard that is costly to recycle. Because of this very few are recycled in Switzerland. In 2017, Aldi Switzerland added collection bins for these cartons alongside plastic recycling bins. Other Swiss supermarkets have not followed.