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TORONTO, July 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wasted food is a larger problem than many realize and that many are concerned about. While we initially think of all the money that is wasted the harmful impact of wasted food on the environment is huge. Let's explore that link between wasted food and the environment and why proper packaging—such as modern plastic containers, bags, and wraps—can play such an important role in preventing wasted food.
Scope & Impact
According to UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme):
Imagine for a moment all the time, energy, and resources involved in growing, protecting, delivering, preparing, and serving our food. And then imagine simply throwing away up to 40 percent of it. And then think about the accompanying impact on the environment (not to mention the people who need it).
So what's that got to do with plastic packaging? Well, it appears that many people are not aware of the role packaging plays in preventing food waste. Here are a few points to consider:
Plastic Packaging's Role
OK, so that's what packaging in general does to help reduce food waste and to lighten the load on the environment. How does plastic packaging help?
Plastic packaging's inherent characteristics—lightweight yet tough—result in a lighter environmental footprint than alternatives. That's a great start, but to protect and deliver food to us safely, packaging needs to provide various barriers to oxygen, light, temperatures, moisture, microbes, critters, and dirt. That's precisely where plastic packaging also shines. Here are a few notable examples:
And think about it: can you even imagine life without airtight plastic zipper bags? A go-to packaging for keeping leftovers fresh.
So as we work to prevent wasted food, to save money or to help the environment, let's remember how plastic (and other) packaging actually can help us do both. Plastic packaging actually can be part of the solution.
Want to learn more? Here's a great article for further reading on how plastic packaging is helping the global "War on Food Waste."
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