Case studies of successful and innovative disposable food packaging solutions

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Plastic is one of the main contributors to global warming and climate change, and it’s no surprise with approximately 500 million tonnes produced on a global scale each year! But as it becomes evident that we need to do more to change the way we’re living, the types of material available to us are changing, so we can reduce waste and become more sustainable, especially within the market of food manufacturing. Whether you’re looking for takeaway cake boxes, clamshell packaging, and even cutlery, eco-friendly solutions are becoming more accessible. Read on as we take a closer look at why using sustainable materials is important, and some of the most popular alternatives. 

What is the issue with disposable food packaging? 

Businesses that produce food, whether that’s to be sold in a supermarket, or to be eaten on the go like you might find from a food vendor all have to ensure that their products can be either eaten on the go easily or protected during transportation and storage. This is why food packaging is essential. But there is a common issue that many of us are becoming more aware of – disposable packaging is often made from plastic. When it’s disposed of, whether it’s binned or it becomes litter, it can have a detrimental impact on the planet’s health. 

Plastic comes from crude oil, which is a non-renewable resource. When it’s manufactured, it also produces a huge amount of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. But that’s not all. When plastic is disposed of, it will be taken to a landfill site, where it will take years to decompose, seeping chemicals into the soil, and producing dangerous gases that contribute to climate change. Our oceans are also filling themselves with plastic waste, polluting habitats and even making it into the bodies of fish and marine life. These are just a few of the reasons prompting us to make a change. 

What changes can businesses make? 

So, with this in mind, what can businesses do to make a change for the better? There is a range of alternative packaging materials that can be used to reduce plastic usage and waste. Here are a few of the most innovative and eco-friendly solutions businesses are using to become more sustainable. 

Paper and card 

This is not exactly revolutionary, however, there is a lot to be said for switching to paper or card packaging. This type of packaging is low cost, which means it’s accessible for many of us, no matter how small the business. It’s lightweight and can be used for a range of products, like wrappers, bags, and boxes. When paper is wet, it can become damaged, so this is something to keep in mind. However, it’s made of organic materials that are friendly to the environment, can decompose, and be recycled easily. 

Compostable packaging 

Retailers, both food and otherwise, can use this type of packaging to ensure they are not contributing to single-use plastic waste. The word compostable means that the material will break down naturally and decompose – free from chemicals and other nasty substances. There is a range of compostable packaging that can be used. For example, compostable mailing bags for companies that send products through the post are popular. 

Cornstarch packaging 

One of the most popular materials that you’ll find used by takeaway food vendors are disposable clam shells and Styrofoam boxes – and you’ll likely find them discarded. An alternative to this type of packaging, but can offer the same feel and design is cornstarch packaging. As the name suggests, it’s made out of cornstarch, which is both renewable and free from nasty chemicals. It can degrade back into the earth and is an incredibly sustainable alternative to plastic. This material could be perfect for companies that need to use packing peanuts regularly, as well as takeaways that need to reduce waste and their impact on the environment. 

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