The United Nations estimate that over a billion tons of food is wasted globally every year, a figure that could be significantly reduced with the right packaging, according to the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers (FEFCO).
In the industrialised world 40% of food at retail and consumer level is thrown away, while a similar figure is wasted in developing countries during post-harvest handling and processing (source UN). FEFCO is convinced that appropriate food packaging can help tackle the problem and reduce the huge impact this is having in environmental and financial terms.
Some may see packaging as contributing to waste, but FEFCO is resolute that this is misleading: far more resources are used in creating the product than the packaging. Therefore product and packaging should be viewed together and appropriate levels of packaging, not less, should be used to protect food.
FEFCO’s Secretary General, Angelika Christ, said: “Downsizing packaging…
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