Clear Plastic Food Tray

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Clear plastic food tray used for displaying food and avoiding contamination.

Where and how is it used?

Used to display prepared food in supermarkets. Stops food becoming contaminated in the supermarket and at home and allows the shopper to view the food they are buying. Comes with a peel-off lid (not shown in this example). Used once-only but recyclable in some places. (Peel-off lid is not recyclable).

What did you or someone else pay for it?

Cost unknown as it came as part of the cost of the food.

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

This item is ubiquitous. It represents the way we buy food today - sanitised. We are not invited to use our senses (other than sight) to determine the freshness or quality of the food and it is prepared in such a way that we don't have to think about where the food came from - an animal, bird or plant.


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

A machine

Who was paid to make it?

No-one

What skills does it take to make it?

None

Where was it made?

Don't know

What does it cost to make it?

Don't know

What is it made from?

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

The manufacturer and then the food producer

Who or what assesses its quality?

Manufacturer and then the food producer

Where is it sold?

Supermarkets and grocery shops (as a container for other products)

Who or what sells it?

The checkout person

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

On a lorry

Where is it used?

In the supermarket and in the home

Where is it kept?

in the fridge

How and by whom is it cared for?

No-one

How long will it last?

It will last as long as the item it contains is in-date

Where will it go when it's finished with?

Landfill or sometimes recycling

What is it worth?

Good question. Although intrinsically of low value, It's worth a lot to manufacters and food processors as a way of storing, transporting and displaying food. It saves on people working in shops having to handle food and divide up food for customers, so shops/supermarkets can save on labour too.


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Why does so much come wrapped in film or resting in plastic trays these days? despite what we know about the plastic problems in our world there is now more than ever. I re-use the few trays I end up with. Perhaps we shoud all start unwrapping items in the supermarkets and leave the plastic behind. or better still can we post it all back to the origional companies?

A plastic revolution perhaps?

by kez on May 19th at 10:48am

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