The relationship between the packaging industry and the environment is a challenging one, but a new report has revealed the ways in which packaging can help reduce food waste.
Two of the finalists for the Save Food Packaging Award at the 2018 WorldStar Packaging Awards are Australian companies Sealed Air and Woolcool Australia.
Currently, around $270 billion worth of food is wasted each year in the US. This 63 million tons of food represents a $22.5 billion opportunity for grocery retailers according to ReFED, a multi-stakeholder non-profit organisation committed to reducing food waste.
Amcor is the first global packaging company to pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or re-usable by 2025.
Turning waste products into superfoods can be very lucrative for food and beverage manufacturers and be a plus for the environment as well.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May put forward a 25-year plan which aims to tackle plastic waste, and the packaging industry is largely supporting this movement.
Coordinated by AIMPLAS and funded by the European Union, project REFUCOAT aims to develop more sustainable food packaging that also effectively preserves food.
Would you eat rescued relish or recycled brewing grains? According to a study by Drexel University, many consumers may be willing to buy foods made from discarded ingredients.
Gen Y and Victorians are the biggest contributors to Australia's $9.6 billion of waste food each year06 November, 2017
The average Australian household wastes 14% of the food it procures every year. Reducing this wastage by half would result in $525 in savings, according to the RaboDirect 2017 Food & Farming Report.
CSIRO's Food Loss Bank is a networked supply chain that collects information on food losses on the farm, at the packing house and during distribution and processing, and attempts to develop food loss reduction strategies.
The more than 30 billion litres of wastewater generated by olive oil processors each year represents a huge challenge for the conventional wastewater treatment techniques.