Food Packaging Waste – How big is the Problem?

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The Issue

It should be pointed out that approximately one third of all food that is produced in our world for human consumption is wasted; this works out to a total of around 1.3 billion tons. This was a fact recently presented by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation). Within certain countries this amount of waste can add up to as much as $680 billion every year, which is just outstanding. In certain cases where there is nowhere else for the waste to go it simply ends up in landfill, which is an issue in itself.

How Composition Helps

First of all compostable packaging is made, disposed of and breaks down in a manner that is kinder to the environment than plastic. This is due to the fact that it is made from plant-based, recycled materials and can return to earth quickly as well as safely as soil when disposed of in the right environmental conditions. The major benefit to the environment is that compostable packaging requires less carbon to produce, reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill and provides our planet with life-promoting nutrients.

The SPC was recently states that compostable food packaging will allow more effective collection of waste in food service situations and provides a next life option for a number of food related packaging products.

Green Bell Packaging’s View

This is an area in which Green Bell Packaging thrives. We see plant based and compostable packaging as a solution to the issues that surround recyclability of packaging as well as a solution to the issue of packaging waste. A number of our products are solely based on being home compostable and making disposability easier for the consumer. The technology in which Green Bell Packaging is using heavily combines a number of factors; all enabling the packaging to decompose back to nature after use.