Halving U.S. Food Waste: from lofty goal to practical reality: Most of our food-related stories are about what we eat – but, a year ago tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to focus on the food we don’t eat. Together they announced a remarkably ambitious goal of reducing U.S. food waste by 50 percent by 2030 – a goal firmly in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that soon after were adopted globally. (Huff Post)
Think Bio-Based Materials Are Costly, Perform Poorly? Think Again. A new study from Lux Research says bio-based materials and chemicals can actually perform better than petro-based incumbents and offer real business value to companies. The report analyzes six areas in which bio-based materials offer value and performance: advanced materials, adhesives, coatings, lubricants, personal care and cosmetics, and packaging. (Environmental Leader)
One year later: Industry navigating uncharted territory to help reach 2030 food waste reduction goal: One year after the federal government announced a national goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030, the recycling industry is still figuring out how it fits into the equation. (WasteDive)
Can slack-fill law drive sustainability in packaging?: Public awareness about slack fill is on the rise and laws that publicize significant slack fill fines or penalties are now on the books. How can brands right-size their packaging in the product development cycle? (Packaging Digest)
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.
Want to learn more?
Read our new White Paper, entitled Maximizing the Benefits of Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials Management Models For Product-Packaging Systems.
Read the recent Packaging Digest article, Sustainable Packaging Requires Yin & Yang Thinking.
Attend a Webinar: Big Picture Thinking: Using the Right Tools to Ensure Successful Packaging Optimization. Seating is limited! Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 11 am ET (Register here)
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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.