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 produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
Who was paid to make it?
What skills does it take to make it?
Where was it made?
What does it cost to make it?
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?
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.
How do you and others value this commodity?
See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.
|Total times valued||1|
|Controversy||60 (0 = most controversial)|
What do these numbers mean?
This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.
Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?
Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.
(Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)
The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.
Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
(Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued
Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.
How do you value this commodity?To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
Questions and answers
Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.
There are no questions.