In LINPAC Packaging know that packages contain, protect, preserve, promote, report and reduce costs
Food and other products must be protected and saved from leaving the farms or factories and stores and go through until it reaches households consumer.
Year about 10 million tonnes of packaging, of which 4.7 million are used to protect 100 billion items goes to households in the UK are used.
In addition to containing and protecting products, packaging must perform other functions, such as including more and more information, much of it required by law, must be easy to open and close, you should easily be able to detect if the security seal is has been removed or tampered with should be child resistant and dispensing products.
An unwrapped cucumber loses moisture, dries and becomes unusable for sale in just three days. With only 1.5 grams wrapping fresh maintained for 14 days. Sell grapes in trays or bags has reduced waste to Store 20%. The waste store new potatoes have been reduced from 3% to less than 1% of loose to use specially designed bags to sell them.
Even fruits and vegetables that are sold have to be wrapped pieces to get from the farm to the store and take them home in some sort of bag.
Without packaging, world they know consumers would be totally different. The world population is more concentrated in urban environments to the detriment of rural areas. Therefore, food and other products are made at a distance from where they are consumed. In this context, the packaging is necessary to ensure preservation to consumption.
Without packaging, products in liquid form, gel or powder would not be available, fruits and vegetables could not be consumed out of season, consumers would have to grow your own food or buy daily.
Without packaging, damage to the environment by broken and expired food products would be enormous. Food waste at least tenfold the environmental impact of packaging waste, even without considering the methane from rotting food.
Similarly, the total energy used in the food chain, 50% is due to food production, 10% in transport to shops, packaging 10% and 30% remaining traders and related activities to run their businesses, and to store and cook food.
But there are challenges ahead for the packaging industry and for consumers. Companies like LINPAC Packaging should bet even stronger by the design of products and packaging solutions that reduce the use of materials, energy and water and minimize environmental impact during the life cycle of the product.
We have to provide food and other products in lots of different sizes to meet the needs of different lifestyles and personal preferences.
We must also ensure:
Design all containers with an efficient use of resources.
Designs suitable for recycling if there is an infrastructure for collecting, sorting and cleaning of the container so that a net gain of resources is obtained.
clear and reliable information to consumers and other participants in the process
Collaboration with local authorities and plans pursuant to increase the availability of collection facilities.
The British Plastics Federation (British Plastics Federation)
INCPEN - Industry Council for Packaging & the Environment (Industrial Council for Packaging and the Environment)
RECOUP - Recycling of Used Plastics Ltd (Recycling of plastics used)
WRAP - Waste & Resources Action Programme (Programme of Action of resources and waste)
EuPC - European Plastics Converters (European Plastics Converters)