M&S and Sainsbury accused of packaging gone mad

Social media aghast at both price and plastic

First we had packaged bananas, and now cauliflowers and coconuts have also been given a marketing touch, driving environmentalists round the bend.

Marks & Spencer attracted ridicule for selling a slice of cauliflower wrapped in plastic for £2.50 - almost four times the price of a whole one bought from a greengrocer.

The upmarket food retailer's "cauliflower steak", launched as part of its new Veggie range, comes with a sachet of lemon and herb drizzle and is contained within a plastic tray and wrapping. Consumers were quick to mock the product, while many raised concerns about the potential environmental impact of the packaging.

And Sainsbury's added a a cardboard stand, plastic ring pull and straw to their coconuts. Eco-warriers would take little solace from the fact that the coconuts are 'organic'.

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