The Food Service Industry creates a lot of waste, from food waste through to trash created by single-use plastics such as straws, take-out containers, and to-go cups. The food packaging is used for only a few minutes and then tossed out in the trash. Plastic food containers take 25-100 years to breakdown after they are only used once for a brief period of time which end up in landfills, or worse, in our oceans where they injure wildlife. Sometimes it is not possible to completely eliminate plastic food packaging. In this case, choosing the most appropriate eco-friendly packaging material for your product is crucial – taking into account the environment in which it will be used, and its end of life solution.
With more and more food products being sold via e-commerce, consumers are beginning to turn their critical eye to biodegradable food packaging – with good reason. Packaging represents almost two-thirds of all trash in India and as e-commerce becomes more popular this amount will only grow.
Why use Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials?
Reduce your Carbon Footprint: Choose eco-friendly food packaging materials that are made from recycled materials to reduce the consumption of resources. Choose biodegradable containers that are compostable or recyclable to ensure that they don’t end up in a landfill or the ocean!
Demonstrate your sustainability knowledge to customers: Your environmentally friendly packaging is often the first experience your customer will have with your product – eco-friendly packaging materials lets your customers know that your brand is authentic in its commitment to sustainability.
Combat “Over-Packaging”: Eco-friendly packaging material design is not only about the materials used in production. Packaging can also be made more sustainable in a number of other ways: folding boxes that require no glue, flexible pouches that take up less space in transit, using single materials for easier disposal, designs requiring less raw material.
Reduce Shipping Costs: Eco-friendly packaging minimizes the amount of packaging material used to ship goods, meaning that it’s more economical to ship from production to the warehouse, and to customers!
Reduce Contamination of Recycling or Compost: Eco-Friendly packaging materials avoid using mixed materials where possible, and this includes labels! Mixed materials (a recyclable box with a plastic window, for example) and standard adhesive labels used on otherwise compostable or recyclable packaging can ruin efforts to recycle or compost by damaging machinery and contaminating the process.
Switching to compostable, recycled, or recyclable packaging materials can have a significant impact – it diverts waste away from landfills and encourages your customers to be more mindful of the waste that they produce.
Progressing toward a Circular Economy in Food Packaging
Food Service Industries moving toward closed-loop manufacturing processes are contributing to the development of a truly sustainable economy. How does this come to life? Here’s what you need to look for in your company’s sustainable food packaging:
Use recycled fiber in packaging: Brands can reduce their environmental impact by using recycled fiber in direct-contact food packaging. Making this part of your supply chain can help you meet your company’s sustainability goals, and also has implications for waste reduction and waste management.
Pay attention to end-of-life for packaging: Another approach to consider would be a focus on end-of-life for packaging. Companies are increasingly responsible for their packaging, even after it leaves their facilities. So, they need to ensure that it is recyclable, biodegradable or contains recycled material (if it cannot be recycled).
Make sure it’s safe: Still, it’s not enough to just be recyclable. Examine how it’s made. It’s important to look for 100% post-consumer recycled fiber that is FDA-compliant for direct food contact.
From biodegradable shopping bags to mulch films for fresh fruits and vegetables, we provide eco-friendly food packaging solutions to companies.
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