Cut Needless Waste from Produce Aisles

Target: David H. Murdock, CEO of Dole Food Company

Goal: Stop placing wasteful and unnecessary stickers, tape, and packaging on produce.

Anyone who has ever gone to the supermarket knows that produce today often comes covered in stickers, tape, boxes, and bags. Unfortunately, this packaging excess translates to unnecessary waste, and lots of it, as all those wrappings come with their own environmental footprint and mostly end up in landfills. They also hurt composting efforts by polluting composting facilities with non-biodegradable materials. As so many companies contribute to sustainability goals, it’s high time produce companies do the same and cut down on this blatant waste of resources that, tiny though it may seem, ultimately has a big impact on the waste stream.

The stickers and tape affixed to our fruits and vegetables are responsible for providing information to consumers and cashiers about produce type, origin, and price, but many alternatives exist to the standard wasteful sticker. One label manufacturer named Sinclair International offers recyclable and compostable stickers, while another has designed a sticker that can dissolve into a fruit wash. The FDA has also approved the use of a carbon dioxide laser to etch produce with the requisite information directly on its skin. In addition to adopting one of these solutions, companies must simply stop using so many stickers and packages on their produce — after all, it’s sustenance, not a billboard. Sign this petition demand that the Dole Fruit Company, the world’s largest fruit and vegetable company, cut down on packaging waste and commit to waste-free produce like Mother Nature intended.


Dear Mr. Murdock,

As so many companies these days embrace environmental stewardship and sustainability, it is high time that the Dole Food Company joins them in committing to a zero-waste future. One easy way to do this would be to simply cut back on the unnecessary stickers, tape, and wrappings that cover our produce, and make what is necessary readily compostable. These measures are incredibly important for reducing waste by removing hurdles for consumers to deal with their waste responsibly and preventing contamination of composting facilities by non-biodegradable packaging and stickers, and could save your company money in the process.

There exist many alternatives to the plastic and vinyl stickers used today, including compostable and recyclable stickers and a sticker that dissolves into a soap for washing produce. The FDA has also approved the use of carbon dioxide lasers to etch requisite information directly into the skin of produce, eliminating the need for stickers entirely. I encourage you to adopt these methods and eliminate superfluous packaging to contribute to our transition to a sustainable future, one filled with delicious waste-free produce, of course.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nik Stanbridge

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    don’t waste fruits and vegetables!

  2. only buy whatyou are going to eat! stop the waste!

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