Successfully Using the Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials Management to Optimize Packaging: As we move towards understanding waste as a challenge of resource constraints, we’re realizing that impacts occur all along the lifecycle of products, and not just at end of life. In fact, decisions made as a result of our design, processing, manufacturing and transportation processes will significantly impact the potential for material reuse, remanufacturing, recycling or discard. Viewing material use in this manner significantly changes the ways in which sustainable production is evaluated. (Environmental Leader)
Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving dinner now comes in a box: Martha Stewart, the queen of homemade, will be preparing her Thanksgiving dinner from a box this year — and she’d like you to do the same. (CNBC)
FDA redefines healthy food labeling: Public health recommendations for various nutrients have evolved, as reflected by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. (Pro Food World)
What is Big Picture Thinking?
It’s the way we describe our recommended process for developing optimized packaging. It’s based upon the following factors:
- Defining overarching goals and objectives.
- Taking a systems approach by looking at impacts of packages
AND products separately and in tandem.
- Using life cycle analysis to determine value, effects, and sensitivity
of all inputs, throughputs, and outputs.
- Applying Sustainable Materials Management and Circular Economy tools to develop action plans and future paths.
- Measuring results, modifying plans accordingly.
- You can learn more on our Big Picture Thinking page.
Is Your E-Commerce Packaging Value Chain Sustainable?
Learn how to ensure that it is by attending our Pack Expo seminar in Chicago on November 7, 2016 from 11:30 am – 1pm: Big Picture Thinking: Optimizing E-Commerce Packaging. Get more info!
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Fresh Food Waste
Americans annually waste 36 million tons of food, worth a staggering $162 billion! That’s about 240 pounds, and over $525, per family.
Our brochure, Reducing Fresh Food Waste: The Role of Packaging, explains the significant roles that packaging plays in reducing this waste, ensuring a sustainable food supply.
By providing product protection; shelf life extension; freshness & nutrition maintenance; and portion control; a little bit of packaging can reduce waste while also protecting social, economic, and environmental resources.