Many different industries are now striving to be more sustainable in an attempt to limit the negative impact they are having on the environment. The food industry especially is finding new ways to be more eco-conscious and environmentally friendly.
Food packaging is important as it helps to protect and preserve food and drink as well as making it much easier for customers to purchase and take out with them. Most businesses will pre-pack their food items or have packaging available for customers to choose and use themselves.
There is, therefore, a lot of food packaging waste. Although it is necessary, there are many ways that food packaging can be more sustainable in order to minimise the negative effect it is having on the planet.
Previously, many businesses would choose to use plastic packaging as it was easy, clean and inexpensive. However, there are many issues surrounding plastic waste and many companies are not choosing to scrap plastic altogether in exchange for more environmentally friendly options.
Cardboard and paper are popular choices as they are recyclable and have less of an impact on the environment, making them a much greener and cleaner choice.
Most businesses now offer paper and cardboard alternatives to plastic items such as deli boxes, straws and tubs as well offering wooden or recyclable options for cutlery. By minimising the use of single-use plastic, there is less contribution to plastic pollution.
Other great alternatives include bamboo which is a compostable material making it incredibly eco-friendly. This is a popular choice for cutlery as it is sturdy and strong enough to be used, however can be easily recycled or composted with minimal effect on the planet.
Another way to make food packaging more sustainable is to reduce the amount used. By creating packaging which fits a product perfectly with optimised sizes, there is no excess packaging being created or wasted.
This helps to reduce waste overall and also means that production is less impactful as the resources required will be significantly reduced as the packaging will be made to measure.
There are also many companies that are now promoting the use of reusable packaging. Many chain coffee shops or stores are encouraging customers to purchase reusable boxes, cups and tubs which can be returned or refilled.
This is an excellent way to promote sustainability as it significantly reduces the amount of packaging waste produced. Many businesses will also offer discounted products for those using reusable containers, making it even more appealing to customers.
There are also many businesses who offer recycling facilities to their customers so that they are able to properly dispose of and recycle their containers. This means they can be effectively recycled and do not end up in landfill.
Implementing more sustainable practices allows businesses to create positive change in the world and protect and preserve our planet.
By working collectively, more businesses will begin to seek sustainable packaging options which will drive positive change and help us to care for the environment better and reduce the negative impact that both companies and consumers have.