New discoveries sharply curtail food packaging waste

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Südpack, a German packaging company, released two new sustainable packaging concepts for meat products that use significantly less material, according to FoodBev Media. Both solutions are created out of polypropylene and remove the need for a tray, which is typically used for minced meat.

The Flow Pack PurePP is a film that uses only 60% of the material involved in traditional tray packaging. In addition, Südpack​’s Multifol PurePP film can be used for vacuum pack solutions and requires only 55% of the material in classic minced meat packs.

Separately, scientists have discovered that beetle larvae commonly sold at pet stores can consume eight times more polystyrene plastic than other worms capable of digesting the substance, according to a paper published by the American Chemical Society. After 21 days, these “super worms” finished 70% of the polystyrene plastic given to them.

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