Plastic used in Food Packaging

FoodPrint

Nov 25, 2022

Global standard packaging disposal & recycling symbols apply for other packaging materials as well, like tin, aluminum, and cardboard but, plastic pack disposal is serious when compared to any other packaging material.

Nowadays, food is being grown and prepared at one place and feeds more people across a greater geographic area, hence the packing technologies have increased to reach demand. We use plastic carry bags, plastic packing goods, and plastic packaging solutions for packing food and other things as it provides a way to make food safe, reliable, shelf-stable, and clean. Unfortunately, most food packaging is designed to be single-use and is not recycled. Irrespective of where we buy, all the food is packed and processed in plastic bags, which are being littered in the waterways. It harms the aqua life, soil, and air.  Due to this, the United Nations has declared the plastic pollution of oceans “a planetary crisis.”


Each country on average consumes 6bn units every year. So, 16.45mn plastic covers or bags are in use a day, in a nation. On a global average, a Cuban uses nearly 2 bags a day. We mostly talked about drinking water bottle disposal, and other bottles which contained shampoo & body care products, medicine, grocery, confectionery, etc, are not included in this count. Both reuse or dispose counts under certain limitations.  Global standard packaging disposal & recycling symbols apply for other packaging materials as well, like tin, aluminum, and cardboard but, plastic pack disposal is serious when compared to any other packaging material.


In recent days many processed foods, skincare, and other goods are being packed in multiple layers of plastic bags and over the top, it is being covered with paper, and finally into plastic grocery bags. The main purpose of using paper packages is to save the environment and also paper packing and production uses less power compared to plastic packaging. The food industry is also heavily dependent on fossil fuels and releases high GHG emissions, with the global population food demand is expected to increase by 60% by 2050.

An average food sector consumes globally approx. 200 EJ per year (FAO, 2017; EIA, 2017), of which 45% corresponds to processing and distribution activities. Their energy usage directly increases GHG as the food industry is still reliant on other fossil energy sources like natural gas and petroleum which are steadily declining. So current practices in food manufacture are considered unsustainable.


Coming up with new technologies for paper packing which helps to transport food safely, more reliable, and cleanly protects the environment. Using more sustainable energy in food production and packing industries makes them sustainable and less GHG emitters. We Enposs support all the industries that are looking for sustainable energy transformation. Our energy-saving product helps to reduce power usage with both traditional and renewable energy.