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Cling foil (Plastic) and the Food network

>> Friday, 3 September 2010

As much as I love the Food network and a few of their regular series, I am not really into the way they use disposable wrapping and cling foil and make it look acceptable and convenient. A simple marinating does not require a ziploc or any other plastic bag. Glass, ceramic or steel containers with a lid would work equally well or prove to be only better. Not sure if I am the only one with this peeve.

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I get worked up when the cooks/chefs roll out ream after ream of cling foil and wrap up containers or dough. My question - Wont a glass / steel/ ceramic bowl with a lock lid or a simple plate work? (not that the glass bowl with plastic lids make any sense either. :(.. What pains me more is that viewers are pushed into believing that they need such products items and may not be able to work with out them. This translates to excessive consumption of plastics and more non biodegradable pollutants for the planet to suffocate on. Number of products (specially kitchen appliances and products) sold on the home shopping network are a testimony to my point.

Excessive use of styrofoam, plastic and other non bio degradable products should not be made to look good on TV.( Every time I mention : Media's responsibility, it sparks off an interesting debate.) Increased dependence on non renewable resources and non bio degradable elements is nothing but disaster for the planet and its life forms. Making mass production and obscene consumerism seem ok negates efforts put in by certain environmental interest groups

It is quite painful that my own kith and kin tend to ignore simple ways to avoid use of plastic in their lives. We may not be able to sacrifice everything, but a small beginning can make way to more sensible choices in future.


Iniyaal 17 September 2010 at 01:15  

When I keep watching these shows, sometimes I ask myself how people baked and cooked before the advent of ziplock and plastic wraps! We keep watching these shows again and again.. sub-consciously we start thinking plastic wraps are synonymous with cooking.

Sudha 17 September 2010 at 05:15  

quite true S, it is a push strategy used by companies manufacturing these products. subtle advertising at work!..they too have to survive, yes but at what cost?

Anonymous 19 September 2010 at 14:38  

And don't cooks like Giada & Rachel Ray have their own product lines? They should take the opportunity to make these containers part of their enterprise and they will make even more bank!!!

Sudha 19 September 2010 at 15:58  

quite true..celebrities need to be more responsible as they would make a lot of diff by making more sustainable choices.

Anu 6 October 2010 at 06:19  

Absolutely! We should all be sending in feedback to the shows.

Divya Shankar 9 November 2010 at 02:54  

I am glad Sudha that you have voiced your opinions so boldly and I totally agree with you and in fact fight for the same. If people entirely go by what is shown on TV, then the planet is done for. It is highly unfortunate that so many have accepted plastics/aluminium foil/disposable containers usage so easily that it is difficult to refrain them from using them anymore, they get angry at such discussions. To add to it all, we get an awkward look from them as if we stated something insane.

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