Eco-Friendly Food Packaging: Reducing Waste One Person at a Time

One Waste Clearance appreciates how our organisation has an impact upon the local environment. This is the reason why we are proud to recycle up to 95 per cent of all of the rubbish that is collected. However, individual consumers also need to do their part in order to guarantee a safe and healthy world. This is why packaging for food products should be taken into account. Let's take a look at why eco friendly food packaging plays a vital role as well as some environmentally friendly tips to keep in mind.

Say No to Plastic Bags

Were you aware that only one-third of all consumer-based plastic packaging is recycled (1)? The remainder is burned or sent to a landfill. Plastic takes a very long time to degrade and the chemicals that are released during the process are extremely harmful to the environment. This is even more relevant if the plastic happens to be incinerated. In order to avoid contributing to this situation, do away with traditional plastic bags in favour of biodegradable materials. Or, you could simply bring along your own cloth bag when shopping. This is very convenient and you will no longer be forced to deal with plastic bags around the home. .

Glass Storage Containers and Jars

There are many different types of packaging materials on the market. One of the most sturdy and reliable is glass. You can store nearly anything within a glass jar and many studies have found that glass will not impact the taste of your food (2). Glass does not undergo any type of chemical interactions and it is 100 per cent recyclable. There is no doubt that glass is an eco friendly food packaging solution.

Enjoy a Plastic-Free Lunch

Whether referring to school or the office, try to avoid using any type of plastic. This can include containers, sandwich wraps and drinking cups. Paper is a viable option in many cases and even if is is discarded, the chances are high that it will have little impact upon the environment. In fact, up to 80 per cent of all paper packaging for food products has already been recycled in the past!

Recycle Materials and Containers Used in Food Packaging

Try to recycle as many products as possible. This goes far beyond plastic materials and containers used in food packaging. Some other examples include:

  • Household Waste
  • Metals
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Polystyrene Cups
  • Glass

We should also point out that food-based organic rubbish can be used as an excellent composting material. Composting benefits the soil, suppresses plant-related diseases and it will ultimately lower the overall carbon footprint of your home.

Bring Along Reusable Items

There are many different types of packaging materials which can be used over and over again. Examples include coffee ups and plastic tubs that are meant to contain food. This is arguably the simplest suggestion of all, as you will not be required to dramatically modify your existing routine. Another ancillary advantage of reusable items is that they will help to save you money over time (as opposed to being forced to but plastic cups, plates and utensils).

One Waste Clearance is committed to protecting the environment and in this sense, knowledge is power. It can take up to 450 years for plastic rubbish to degrade, so embracing the correct habits today will help to ensure a bright future. Please contact us for further recycling advice or to enquire about our services.

1. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/nov/21/only-a-third-of-uk-consumer-plastic-packaging-is-recycled
2. http://www.gpi.org/learn-about-glass/benefits-glass-packaging

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