From airtight containers to plastic wrap that prolongs shelf life, we’ve had help from a surprising source. See why you should think before you throw and how plastics help in reducing food wastage and keeping your food fresher for longer.
Preserving our food
Plastic, compared to other materials, is proven to be the best alternative in packaging applications from an environmental point of view (plastics and sustainability). But when it comes to food packaging, plastic by far plays the most significant role in eliminating food waste and extending the shelf life of our meat, vegetables, fruit and dairy.
Plastics provide an array of solutions to preserving the freshness of food, contributing significantly to food waste reduction and preventing more greenhouse gas emissions from entering the environment.
So let us pause for a moment and think how much of food we would be wasting if it weren’t for plastic?
If plastics were not used in packaging and other materials were used instead, then waste and energy consumption would double, and weight and costs would quadruple – this is far more than any of us would have thought.
Did you know that food waste in some developed economies is 2% compared to between 40% and 50% in the developing world? This is due, in no small part, to plastics packaging systems.
A new ultra-thin plastic film blocks transmission of oxygen, increasing the shelf life of fresh meats to 21 days or more.
A cucumber loses moisture quickly and would be unsaleable within three days were it not protected by 1.5 grams of plastic.
Can you imagine life without airtight plastic zipper bags and containers that help to preserve our food for longer? Neither can we!
When packing lunches or snacks, the wide variety of sizes of plastic zipper bags and containers allow us to control portion size, whether we’re trying to control our weight, save money or not waste food.
Plastics food containers are also light and strong. They are not easy to break and provide comfort for our kids in the form of a lunch box or other baby feeding applications.
Has all of this got you thinking about all the waste that food packing, such as plastics film, could create?
Remember that plastics packaging is recyclable, and thanks to some of the latest innovations in plastic recycling, we are now able to recycle the majority of our plastic packaging.
It can also be recovered and recycled into a variety of items including durable goods for our homes and businesses.