Putting Food Waste on a Diet:
New AMERIPEN Brochure Explains How One Family Can Lose 654 Pounds
WAKEFIELD, Mass. ‒Aug. 11, 2014 ‒ Americans throw away 36 million tons of food each year, valued at $162 billion. Per family, that comes to 654 pounds worth more than $936. For reference, two-thirds of at-home food waste is due to spoilage before preparation, and one-third is due to cooking or serving more than can be eaten.
One defense against food waste is packaging. Not only does the right package contain and protect our food supply, it also maintains freshness and nutritional value. Plus, packaging provides critical storage and usage information while helping to control portion size, ensuring that the amount of food prepared is equal to the amount that will be eaten.
To help create a better understanding of packaging’s role in reducing food waste, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) has just released a new brochure entitled Reducing Fresh Food Waste: The Role of Packaging. This concise yet compelling brochure helps explain the many benefits of packaging in the fight to maintain a sustainable food supply. The brochure is available on the AMERIPEN website at www.ameripen.org.
Obviously, it hurts families to throw away $936 annually on wasted food. But it also harms the environment through overproduction, poor land use, and needless resource consumption. Plus, it hurts society because wasted food could instead feed those who need it most: the 50 million Americans who are food insecure (source: Feeding America).
Donna Dempsey, Executive Director of AMERIPEN, said, “To most people, the fact that packaging plays a very positive role in our efforts to reduce food waste is counterintuitive. They usually think about a package when it comes time to put it in the recycling or trash bin. What they don’t realize is how that little bit of packaging saves a significant amount of food along with the related economic and environmental resources from being thrown away.”
Those interested in learning about food waste can also visit the Food Waste Reduction Alliance website at foodwastealliance.org.
AMERIPEN advocates for packaging policy developments in North America and focuses on measures that are environmentally and economically sound, as well as socially responsible. The organization, with a science-based, material-neutral approach, encourages informed decision-making on packaging and the environment by policy-makers and thought leaders.
AMERIPEN welcomes companies that support the philosophy of a collaborative trade and industry organization, active and cooperative issue resolution, and material and packaging system neutrality. More information is available at www.AMERIPEN.org.
AMERIPEN, the AMERIPEN logo, and The Power of Packaging in Balance are trademarks of the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment.