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Sustainable food packaging: much more than just using less plastics

14 May 2021


Nowadays, discussions about new food packaging concepts are mainly focussed on sustainability: which choices can we make to lower our environmental impact and better protect the environment from undesirable waste? The most straightforward answer seems to be ‘using less plastics’. Unfortunately, this is a too one-sided picture. Tim van Caelenberg, Packaging Lead at Puratos, explains why sustainable food packaging development is much broader than just plastic elimination and replacement.

The multidimensionality of packaging sustainability

Packaging materials: plastic bashing is not the way forward

Focus on end-of-life

Recycle, reuse, reduce

Investigating ways to level up the recycling game

Societal sustainability

Packing of cookies at the factory

Economic sustainability

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