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Biodegradable food packaging is essential for the food service industry in Australia because of this type of sustainable food packaging is eco-friendly and can decompose by itself through natural processes, which in turn can reduce waste. Eight million tonnes of food waste gets deposited in the ocean and most of these wastes are Styrofoam containers, plastic bags, disposable cups and more.
Plastic was invented in the early 1900s and is still used as packaging materials at present. Many types of packaging contain plastic coatings. One example is paperboard lined with plastic that is invisible to the eyes. However, newer forms of plastics are made from plant matter or biodegradable food packaging; most of them are labelled as single use and made from petroleum. Australians alone use more than 9.7 billion single-use plastic bags in a year. In a 2016 report from NSW EPA, about 75% of these plastics come from supermarkets, and the remaining 25% is from liquor outlets, fast-food restaurants and other retailers.
Plastics are durable, lightweight and inexpensive. They are very convenient to use as food packaging, but this convenience has produced so much waste that have been converted into landfills which clog up the waterways. In addition, single-use plastics have generated a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Australian government has been campaigning to ban the use of plastic food packaging and clean up both coastal areas and the cities. We can also do our part by supporting the “Reduce, reuse and recycle” campaign, this effort helps segregate food waste and recycle items such as glass bottles.
A rising trend in the food industry is the use of plant-based packaging materials or biodegradable food packaging, such as sugarcane packaging. These biodegradable food packaging materials are recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. They also come from natural resources.
If you are looking for a leading supplier of biodegradable food packaging, you can contact Alpha Food Packaging. The company is committed to promote and supply environmentally sustainable food packaging solutions. Call 1300 799 201 now!