LET’S CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD PACKAGING OPTIONS…
Sparked by environmental concerns about plastics and plastic waste, progressive businesses are taking action and looking for more sustainable, packaging solutions for takeaway meals and cook at home options. In recent times, we have seen a revolt against single-use products, especially plastic – and it’s for good reason.
Across media and social media there are countless programs, videos and posts demonstrating the results of waste mismanagement – marine and bird life filled with micro-plastics, whole islands of rubbish floating in the ocean, entire beaches covered with trash. It’s clear for all to see that things need to change.
THE REAL PRICE OF CONVENIENCE
OUR ENVIRONMENT IS PAYING A HIGH PRICE WHEN IT COMES TO WASTE MANAGEMENT, AND FOOD PACKAGING TOPS THE LIST….
In general, food businesses are acutely aware of food sources, food safety and waste. The environment is becoming a subject of much discussion and packaging waste is top of the list. Looking at alternatives to plastics, it is interesting to note that aluminium foil, as is used in foil trays, has substantially higher recycling value than most other materials as it is endlessly renewable.
SO, HOW CAN WE BEGIN TO TURN THE TIDE? BY CHOOSING MATERIALS THAT ARE ALREADY HIGHLY VALUABLE IN OUR EXISTING RECYCLING STREAM
Aluminium foil doesn’t lose any of its properties in the recycling process and can be recycled over and over again. In fact, some 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use – in some form or another. What’s more, recycling aluminium also saves energy when compared to what’s required for its primary production.
IT’S LIGHTS OUT ON SINGLE-USE CULTURE – A CIRCULAR ECONOMY BEGINS WHEN WE CONSIDER WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A PRODUCT IS USED
As we work towards a circular economy with goals of zero waste and lower impact, we need to be looking to products that can be designed and manufactured to reduce raw material use and be reused or recycled after use, rather than be sent to landfill. Design and manufacture play a big part in the circular economy equation. And ease of recyclability is also important. A locally produced, humble foil tray may be the perfect answer….