From June 2019
Plastic packaging is widely used in the food
and drink industry. However, consumers
are increasingly aware of the
environmental impact that plastics are
having when discarded irresponsibly.
At a recent Member Interest Group (MIG)
meeting we asked delegates what the key
technical challenges of removing or
reducing plastic packaging would be for
their business. Common themes were the
impact on food safety and shelf-life, and impact
on cost, causing higher prices for consumers.
A new member-funded research project will
investigate alternative materials and the technical
challenges faced by packaging/food companies in
reducing or removing plastics. This will provide
members with an understanding of how to design
safe, more readily recyclable packaging.
As part of the three-year project, a survey will be
undertaken to give members an insight into
consumers’ understanding of recycling and their
acceptance of alternative materials. The results of
this research will allow members to make longer
term strategic choices and respond to technical
challenges when considering plastics.
Keep up to date with this project by attending our
Packaging MIG, or by getting in touch
Contact: Craig Ballard
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