Category: Packaging

8 sustainable packaging innovations for food and beverages

Read the full story from Food Dive.

From upcycled barley straw cartons to paper soda bottles, manufacturers are testing a range of options to minimize their ecological footprints. Here are some of the most novel approaches.

Lamb Weston’s Alexia Frozen Potatoes switch to sustainable biomaterial packaging

Read the full story at Refrigerated & Frozen Foods.

Two Lamb Weston Alexia brand frozen potato products will now use corn and potato starch in their packaging. The biodegradable bags are partially made of potato starches, a byproduct of producing French fries, and will be identified with a label on the front of the package indicating it is partially made from plants.

How Taco Bell is going to start recycling its hot sauce packets

Read the full story at Nation’s Restaurant News.

Usually, flexible film packets are not recyclable but Taco Bell is partnering with TerraCycle to give their hot sauce packets a second life

Food packaging and sustainability – Consumer perception vs. correlated scientific facts: A review

Sarah Otto, Mara Strenger, Andrea Maier-Nöth, Markus Schmid (2021). “Food packaging and sustainability – Consumer perception vs. correlated scientific facts: A review.” Journal of Cleaner Production 298, 126733. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126733

Abstract: Food packaging maintains the food safety and ensures the quality of food throughout the supply chain. Both are achieved by the protective function of the packaging against negative ambient influences such as mechanical damage, light or water vapour. Material, form and concepts of packaging vary widely, which thus also differentiates the environmental impact for packaging. This paper provides an overview of the current research of European consumer perception and how this correlates with the environmental impact of loose foodstuffs and packaged food. Considered materials are plastic, glass, metal, and paper/cardboard. These perceptions are compared to the objective environmentally friendliness based on the selected assessment criteria carbon footprint, recycling rate, reuse rate and biological degradation/decomposition in Europe. The purpose of this paper is to discover whether there is any link between the consumer perception and the scientific assessed environmental sustainability. Consumers judge packaging material by criteria of circular economy, natural looking material, and design. The environmental impact of paper/cardboard and metal are rated in line with the scientific measure by consumers, whereas plastic packaging is underestimated and glass and biodegradable plastic packaging are highly overestimated. These results indicate that the rating of European consumers and scientific life cycle assessments turn out differently. The differences are mainly linked by theoretical concepts of recyclability, biodegradability, and reuse rate of the packaging. Consumers evaluate food packaging by affective feelings than using cognitive reasoning. Their knowledge about the practical implementation of recyclability, biodegradability and reusability as well as additional environmental impact factors are low. Consequently, consumers’ buying behaviour is in most cases less environmentally sustainable than intended. Awareness trainings based on scientific facts, clear product and packaging information based on labelling schemes (“eco-labelling”) and nudging for sustainable behaviour can potentially support consumers in their sustainable buying behaviour.

Greiner Packaging reducing material usage for yogurt cups

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Austrian dairy company Ennstal Milch operates a filling plant for various flavors of Greek yogurt.

This Peeler Did Not Need to Be Wrapped in So Much Plastic

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Amazon must become a leader in reducing single-use packaging.

New Recycling Realities for Packaging

Read the full story from Environment + Energy Leader.

To lure sustainable-minded consumers and capture the additional revenue, retail brands have historically turned to the most visible and logical approach to demonstrate their environmental stewardship: recycled packaging. This, however, is no longer a simple solution. Traditional brown, low-grade material does not meet the requirements for today’s consumers looking to create that restaurant experience at home or for luxury brands wanting to capture the eye of shoppers. Packaging has a purpose and still needs to perform. Food packaging needs to maintain food quality and heat. High-end packaging still requires durability, along with bright white, smooth surfaces for graphics. Ultimately, however, there is a shrinking supply of these high-end recycled materials, and retail brands and restaurants are now being forced to rethink their approach towards sustainable sourcing and seek new options to meet this sustainable trend.

Startups are trying to make e-commerce packaging more sustainable

Read the full story at Modern Retail.

From beauty and fashion to food and beverage, brands are increasingly looking into ways to reduce waste and improve margins. While more environmentally-friendly packaging is increasing in popularity, a shift to reusable packaging is taking shape. Long term, the idea is to invest in multi-use containers to improve logistics efficiency and reduce environmental damage. While these solutions are more expensive up front, they claim to save brands money down the line.

Are supermarkets doing enough to reduce single-use plastic waste?

Read the full story in Salon.

Plastic is ubiquitous in supermarkets. Produce packaged in clamshell containers; water bottles and jugs, peanut butter canisters, salad dressings in plastic bottles and jars; and pasta boxes with miniature plastic windows line almost every shelf.

Those small pieces of plastic in your shopping cart add up to mountains of plastic waste. The U.S. generates 42 million metric tons of plastic waste each year and most ends up in oceans or landfills where it takes up to 500 years to break down. Your weekly shopping trip generates a significant portion of plastic waste.

Colgate-Palmolive launches 100% PCR bottle

Read the full story at Plastics Recycling Update.

The Palmolive Ultra brand of dish soap is now using a 100% post-consumer PET bottle in North America.

Global brand owner Colgate-Palmolive announced the relaunch of one of its flagship products in a post-consumer resin (PCR) bottle, noting the change will lead to the recycling of an additional 5,200 tons of PET a year in North America.

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