Ever hit the produce section and find that you have to choose between free-standing tomatoes and packaged ones? Or maybe it’s mushrooms, avos and celery? You then begin to realize that this phenomena extends far beyond the produce section all the way to the hot foods corner or even the nuts and grains isle. So what should it be, packaged or non-packaged? If you are looking to greatly reduce your impact on our planet the choice is simple. Minimal packaging all the way! Unnecessary packaging means both unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and waste for the landfill. Greenhouse gases are emitted in the packaging process and then again when fuel guzzling garbage trucks hit the streets en route for your house. The extra rubbish adds pressure on already overcrowded landfills, and as it breaks down in the landfill it emits the greenhouse gas methane, which is 23 times more potent than CO2. So when all is said and done, make sure to look for produce or products that can breath, that is, not being strangled by paper, plastic, or styrofoam. If packaging is necessary, as is sometimes the case, check to see if it can be recycled or better yet is made from recycled material.