Half of the estimated 7 million tonnes of food we throw away from our homes each year is edible; that’s according to the Commons Select Committee for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA).
The sheer amount of food waste in the U.K creates a huge environmental and economic cost for the country. In fact, an average family apparently spends £700 on unconsumed food each year.
A large quantity of post-manufacture food waste is due to food getting damaged or spoiled in the supply chain or in the consumer’s home and could potentially be reduced by using the right design of packaging to protect and preserve food products in transit and in storage.
EFRA has launched an inquiry into the impact of food waste, a move which LINPAC very much welcomes, as explained in this recent article. The investigation presents an opportunity for the packaging industry to make itself heard and highlights the benefits effective packaging can have in reducing the amount of food waste experienced today.
Packaging offers a very tangible solution to reducing the amount of food waste, but has often been overlooked because of misconceptions about its impact on the environment that have become so ingrained in society.
LINPAC works hard to fight food waste through continuously innovating its packaging and a new tray design, the split pack, has just been launched to tackle this very issue.
Through collaboration with Tesco and Cargill, LINPAC has launched a new tray, which addresses portion control and food waste concerns in the poultry category, thanks to its unique design. In the article WRAP estimates that if similar packs were adopted across the whole UK market, up to 10,000 tonnes of poultry food waste could be prevented.
New product development within the packaging industry is seeing effective packaging emerging that enables products to be on the shelf longer and provides extra protection during transit, whilst all the time maintaining the fresh appearance of food. A clear indication of how packaging is part of the solution of food waste and not the problem.