Zero Waste Packing vs Traditional Packaging Infographic (begreenpackagingstore.com)
Created by Be Green Packaging Store
Traditional packaging is a challenge for the environment's health; but, not just because of the package potentially winding up in a landfill (or as litter on the streets) but just as equally (or perhaps even more) for resources--materials, energy, water—that are used to make and distribute food according to the INCPEN (The Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment
According to Carol Zweep, Manager of Packaging, Food and Label Compliance, NSF, Intl, companies can start their food waste initiative by creating a waste reduction plan to measure the impact of package use on the shelf life of their product. The packing conditions, package format and materials can then be optimized to maximize shelf life and minimize food waste. The shipping container and pallet configuration should also be reviewed and optimized to minimize product damage.
Consumer and industry education and awareness of the issue and practical solutions will go a long way to address the food waste problem.
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