Produce packaging ripe for innovation

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From European plastic bans to consumers pushing for what they perceive to be more sustainable packaging, produce companies are finding ways to maintain or improve shelf life while contributing to a circular economy.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Food Packaging: Second Alternatives Assessment

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This is the second Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) alternatives assessment
(AA) of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in plant-fiber-based food packaging. This AA
is pursuant to the requirements of RCW 70A.222.070, which restricts the manufacture,
distribution, and sale in Washington of “food packaging to which PFAS chemicals have been
intentionally added in any amount.” PFAS are intentionally added to some paper food
packaging products to provide oil and grease resistance, water repellency, and leak resistance.
The restriction timeline depends on when we identify safer alternatives to PFAS in food

This AA: evaluates less toxic chemicals and nonchemical alternatives to replace the use of PFAS in food packaging; follows the guidelines for alternatives assessments issued by the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2); includes, at a minimum, an evaluation of chemical hazards, exposure, performance, cost, and availability.

Pressure growing to remove PFAS from fast food wrappers

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Environmental and health groups are pushing dozens of fast food companies, supermarkets chains and other retail outlets to remove PFAS chemicals from their packaging. Known as “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment, they have been used for decades to prevent grease, water and other liquids from soaking through wrappers, boxes and bags.

Opponents of the practice argue the packaging poses a danger to consumers as well as the environment, since the waste ends up in landfills. in compost or is incinerated where the chemicals can leach into groundwater or soil. They contend there are safer alternatives.

Several groups have maintained that many major brands use packaging with PFAS and that testing at times showed extremely high levels.

A 2017 study by the Massachusetts-based nonprofit research organization Silent Spring Institute found PFAS in almost half of paper wrappers and 20% of boxes from 27 fast food outlets. Tests by Toxic-Free Future in 2018 produced similar results. And, this year, Consumer Reports found eight restaurants, including McDonald’s, Burger King and Cava, had packaging that had more than 100 parts per million of fluorine, which indicates likely presence of PFAS.

Corona launches biodegradable and compostable six-pack

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Global beer brand Corona has launched a 100% biodegradable and compostable six-pack made from 100% barley straw in India. The six-pack is as durable as regular packaging and eliminates the need for using virgin wood from trees and other resources, the company says.

Big Food’s sustainable packaging goals hit supply and demand reality

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As CPGs set targets to cut virgin plastic use, chaotic forces like the pandemic, poor weather and war have complicated their timelines.

After seeing Hawaii’s beaches littered with plastic, this islander built a company to make straws from seaweed

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Loliware takes seaweed, mills it down and then combines it with color, minerals, and water.

Its biggest customer so far is the Cornerstone Restaurant Group, but Briganti said it is adding new partners quickly.

“Sea technology is a competitive technology to replace plastic at scale, because it’s high performing, cost competitive, scalable, and regenerative. So it’s the most sustainable alternative to plastic on the market,” said Sea Briganti, Loliware’s CEO.

What does the European Commission Circular Economy Action Plan mean for the packaging sector?

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In a stark warning to the packaging industry, experts are predicting that the EU’s new Circular Economy Action Plan could lead to unprecedented disruption in the sector. Paul Foulkes-Arellano, founder of Circuthon Consulting, tells us more – and discusses how businesses can get ahead of the curve.

What’s standing in the way of a circular food packaging economy?

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As CPGs test new bottle and wrapper prototypes and set goals to cut virgin plastic use, critics warn roadblocks could trip up their progress.

Target, CVS testing reusable bag rental system in New Jersey

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Target and CVS are testing a reusable bag rental system called Goatote at select stores in New Jersey, following the state’s ban on single-use paper and plastic bags that went into effect earlier this month, according to a press release last week.  

Shoppers use their smartphones to scan a QR code at a Goatote kiosk to take as many bags as needed and then return them within 30 days to any kiosk. 

The pilot comes at a time when retailers are trying to find alternatives to single-use bags as a growing number of cities and states look to curb their use. 

Hostess homes in on packaging

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In 2021, Hostess Brands, Inc. set out to find new ways to reduce its carbon footprint. One key initiative that was identified was the elimination of the tin-tie from all Hostess Donettes bags.

According to the company’s just released Corporate Responsibility Report, that “simple change” to Donettes packaging design will allow the annual reduction of 215,000 lbs of steel, 151,000 lbs of plastic and 700 lbs of glue.