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Packaging’s Role in Reducing Food Waste

Egg cartonsThe American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has published a brochure, Reducing Fresh Food Waste: The Role of Packaging, to help create a better understanding of packaging’s role in reducing food waste.

The free brochure helps explain the role of packaging in a sustainable food supply.

Americans throw away 36 million tons of food each year, valued at $162 billion, the trade group says.

While packaging plays a key role in preventing waste, a Sealed Air study published last month found that American consumers:

  • Associate packaging more with safety than waste;
  • See discarded packaging as worse for the environment than food waste and food that has minimal or no packaging being more environmentally friendly; and
  • Will often behave contrary to their beliefs (50 percent rewrap food into new packaging when they are home).


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One thought on “Packaging’s Role in Reducing Food Waste

  1. Packaging, including the hoary issue of plastic bags, should follow the example of the Japanese candy known as Botan. Each piece is wrapped with what looks like cellophane, but is actually rice starch that dissolves in one’s mouth like cotton. Tweaks should be made to this type of “wrapper” that would give it a temporary shelf life of, say, 1 or 2 months, when it would then bio-degrade and/or even be fed to animals or even humans, with no ill effects. Where there’s a will…

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