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According to the World Economic Forum, there is a $10 billion business opportunity that arises from sustainable packaging, including food packaging. This opportunity can be maximized by food and beverage businesses using the four reuse models below:
In a nutshell, these models allow businesses to gain profit using their own logistics services and save on expenses in purchasing new food packaging while minimizing food waste and maximizing the life cycle of the food packaging.
However, factors such as cleanliness, durability and functionality of the food packaging need to be considered for preservation of food quality and prevent food-borne diseases and food contamination which is why sustainable food packaging is needed.
Here’s how sustainable food packaging can be beneficial both economically and environmentally:
Food packaging can take up more room in your restaurant kitchen or warehouse, but with responsible recycling, you can lessen purchasing and spending for freight costs and have more space for new projects.
Only 9% of plastics are recycled properly out of the 9.2 billion metric tons of plastic produced all over the world. Most of these plastics are single use plastics which are a result of overflowing landfills that can pose a threat to the environment and to public health. Using sustainable food packaging benefits the planet in a way that it reduces carbon footprint because the less we use new packaging; the less carbon dioxide is emitted in the air when manufacturing these materials.
The typical packaging contains a lot of chemicals which can be hazardous to one’s health. Sustainable food packaging offers toxin-free materials that can prevent cross contamination of food, the packaging itself and environmental factors like water, heat and other particles carried throughout production, distribution and storage of food.
Customers are more loyal to brands that show support to the environment. Millennials are said to spend more on sustainable goods according to a 2016 study by Nielsen Group. Many government policies now fight against climate change, including the ban of plastics in South Australia are a small step to a greener and long lasting environment.
This is a great cost-cutting measure for companies especially with the global economic crisis happening in the food and beverage industry. Sustainable food packaging lowers production demands and materials needed to create new packaging.
Are you using sustainable food packaging? If not, it’s time to switch to a user-friendly, cost-effective solution to food packaging. Alpha Food Packaging offers convenient, fast and secure delivery of sustainable food packaging Australia wide. Shop at Alpha Food Packaging online now.