Food waste is a global problem, with around 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year all over the world*. And on average, ten times more energy goes into the production of food and goods than into their packaging.**
Plastic packaging is not the problem, it is part of the solution, Packs are designed to reduce food waste – with re-sealable containers and individual or smaller size packs that allow effective portion control, and barrier bottles, jars and trays that prolong shelf life. The introduction of extended ambient shelf life products also reduces the energy demands on refrigeration in retail outlets and the home.
And in many non-food markets, plastics’ robustness and longevity are also ideal for keeping a wide variety of products safer for longer and avoiding unnecessary waste, including paint, DIY, personal care and cosmetics products, and it is also the material of choice for the creation of reliable long-lasting transport and storage solutions.
*Source: Plastics Europe **Source: BPF.