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What’s the Problem of Using Plastic Food Packaging?

On today’s fast development of FMCG(fast moving consumer goods), people are more intending to the convenient lifestyle. Customers are inclined to the goods that are packaged cleanly, fashionably, aesthetically, and, most of all, convenient. In such cases, the plastic packaging are growing up fastly and becoming the most widely seen packing material. They are nationwide used in industries of medical, cosmetics, chemical, and food industry.

 

You can easily see the plastic food packaging every street and road, by the means of take-away food, snacks, fruit fresh keeping wrapping, etc. Undeniably so convenient they are, but what may function on a small scale with the reusable bags is just impractical on a larger level with food packaging being now an essential part of our daily lives.

 

Packaging is fundamental when it comes to protecting our products, ensuring our high standards of quality and avoiding food waste.

 

Most of the world’s population live in cities, where there are few options for independently growing food. That way, 3.5 billion people in the planet’s cities buy their products away from home – and these products usually come packaged.

 

Also, the increase in numbers of single-member households, which prefer smaller portion sizes, and the growing tendency to eat in transit, between one commitment and another, is giving rise to an increasing amount of food package.

 

But this raises a big problem; today, one-third of household waste is made up of food packaging. About 80% of the packaging is discarded after being used only once! As not all of them go to recycling, this volume helps to overfill landfills and the need for new areas to dispose of the waste generated.

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Recently, a huge amount of litter was found floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – with an area equal to twice the size of the continental United States. This high deposit of debris was formed with the garbage thrown by boats, from oil rigs and coming from the continents, reunited due to the oceanic currents. It is believed that there is something around 100 million tons of debris drifting in the oceans. Most of it is disposable plastic food packaging containers and plastic bags.

 

But luckily an increasing number of consumers are becoming aware of this problem and the need for adopting more sustainable habits and finding more environmentally friendly solutions regarding food packaging.

 

This has become one of the top priorities of the consumer public, in general, urging companies to work hard to present new food packaging containers that not only can be recycled but are also biodegradable or compostable.

 

Biodegradable items break down into natural elements within a short period of time after being disposed of, usually in less than a year. The ability to biodegrade in landfills helps to reduce the buildup of waste and by doing so, also helps the environment.

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The problem of plastic food packaging pollution is real, and it’s up to all of us to adopt more sustainable habits and find more environmentally friendly solutions for our daily packaging needs.

 

Food and Beverage packaging is among the most recycled packaging and we see increasing recycling rates for bottle and containers every year.

  • Bottles

recent national study found that more than 90% of Americans can recycle plastic bottles in their communities. Over 3.0 billion pounds of plastic bottles (for beverages, household cleaners, detergents, etc.) were recycled in the U.S. in 2015. Today nearly 32% of plastic bottles are recycled. (full report here).

  • Containers

Recycling of non-bottle plastic packaging containers (dairy tubs, deli containers, lids, etc.) reached nearly 1.3 billion pounds in 2015, four times the amount recycled in 2007. A recent study found that  more than 60% of Americans now can recycle  these rigid containers , so product labels can identify these containers as “recyclable,” which is expected to help further increase recycling rates

 

 

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