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
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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.
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