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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)

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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.

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Read our new White Paper, entitled Maximizing the Benefits of Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials Management Models For Product-Packaging Systems.

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Fresh Food Waste

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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.


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