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Plastic Packaging is one of the Solutions to Reducing Food Waste
Mar 23, 2018

The numbers are staggering. Approximately 40 percent of food in America is wasted. Each one of us throws away nearly 300 pounds of food each year.  And yet, one in seven Americans do not have a steady supply of food on the table.


Wasting food is not only a societal issue, but an environmental issue because it wastes natural resources including water, energy and cropland. Food is the number one item in America’s landfills, and it contributes more to climate pollution than all of the cars in Georgia, according to the National Resources Defense Council.

We are shaping a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. As a leading producer of plastics, we believe plastic food packaging can play an important role in reducing food waste.


Plastic is versatile, cost-effective, and durable. It helps extend the shelf life of produce, meat and poultry, cheese and bread. Plastic packaging can protect food in transport and on the retail shelves by providing barriers to oxygen, light, temperature, moisture, microbes and dirt. Plastic packaging can extend shelf life at the retail and consumer levels.


Environmental Benefits of Plastic

Lightweight, modern plastic material is also more sustainable than other materials. According to a 2016 study by TruCost2, the environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than if plastics were replaced with alternative materials (such as glass, tin, aluminum or paper). Another way to understand the difference is that it takes four times as much alternative material (by weight) to perform the same functionality as plastic. Strong, lightweight plastics help us do more with less material, which provides environmental benefits throughout the lifecycle.


Flexible plastic packaging uses up to 97% less material than glass and up to 75% less than cardboard, and much plastic packaging material is recyclable, where facilities exist.


Innovation for Better Plastics Tomorrow

Plastics are a foundational material of our global economy. They come in the form of products that make everyday life healthier, easier and safer. Their benefits to society are undeniable.

However, we also appreciate there are environmental considerations with plastics. We support innovation as part of continuous improvement, and the responsible post-use of plastics.


How to Recycle More Plastic:


Think beyond the kitchen to include plastics in the bathroom, laundry area and garage.

Include the caps and lids. Simply squish the bottles and twist on the caps before tossing them into the curbside bin.

Return your bags and wraps. Collect your plastic grocery bags as well as bags for dry cleaning, bread, produce, newspapers and sealable food storage bags. Return them all to your local grocery and retail stores.


Published in(2018.03.23)

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