Related to the previous sections on medjool dates and bath bombs, the concept of “mini-packaging” has become increasingly relevant for local boutiques and small-scale grocers. A rising trend among quick shoppers, packaging fruits and other perishable products in small plastic wraps or containers allows consumers to purchase only what they’re actually going to eat, rather than an entire bushel of bananas or box of cherries. Further emphasized by the Coronavirus pandemic, mini-packaging provides a sanitary alternative to rummaging through a farmer’s market, while also helping reduce food waste by limiting portion sizes. 

While not exactly environmentally friendly in its current state, introducing 100% recyclable or biodegradable materials to mini-packaging can help further enhance its image as an accessible alternative to buying and potentially wasting large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables. Shortages from COVID-19 have made consumers far more aware of just
how many rotten fruits and crusty vegetables they constantly throw away after allowing them to sit on refrigerator shelves for too long. By introducing a more environmentally-conscious method of mini-packaged goods, producers can help to
both reduce food waste and provide customers with fresh, sanitary produce that can be
enjoyed guilt-free.

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