A key part of manufacturing and delivering sustainable food products is to use sustainable packaging. But why is it important? Read on to find out more from Paramount Packaging.

What is sustainable packaging

The simplest explanation is that sustainable packaging reduces its carbon footprint through recyclable ingredients, eco-friendly production practices and extending the lifecycle by following a circular economy system. For a packaging material to be considered sustainable, it should follow these criteria:

  1.     The materials used for production must be sustainably sourced
  2.     It must be recyclable and/or compostable at the end of its lifecycle.
  3.     Its design must be optimised to enhance product quality
  4.     The cost of production must be offset by long-term use and application

Why is sustainable food packaging important?

What makes sustainable packaging important is that it reduces the carbon footprint of a product, across all its stages. This, in turn, helps decrease the overall ecological footprint of producers and consumers.

Paramount Packaging outlines some of the other benefits and key features of sustainable packaging:

  1. Sustainable packaging uses recycled materials in its production, which leads to greater conservation of raw materials.
  2. Sustainable and biodegradable packaging materials are non-toxic, safe and result in fewer allergens for consumers. 
  3. Through sustainable packing, businesses can focus less on the management of natural resource depletion and more on operations and higher production rates.

Sustainable packaging should no longer be considered an option, but a necessity.

What is responsible packaging?

Think Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The adoption of responsible packaging begins with understanding your packaging requirements. Do you want it to extend shelf life? Are you looking for easy transportation? Or do you need materials that can effectively protect fragile materials?

Next, analyse your packaging design and remove any parts or components that are unnecessary. Thus, if the component does not provide important information or increase the product’s shelf life, you should consider removing it.

Finally, ensure your packaging materials are recyclable and information to do so must be clearly defined on it.

What is climate-positive packaging?

Different from sustainable or climate-neutral, climate-positive packaging can generate net savings in the form of carbon emissions. This means it can remove more emissions and greenhouse gases from the environment than were produced during its manufacturing process.

Composite packaging

This type of packaging is cost-effective, lightweight and an efficient alternative to traditional packaging such as cartons, jars and can. It is suitable for the storage of different types of food as it is sterilised and corrosion-free.  Composite packaging is more difficult to recycle but inroads are being made to improve its recyclability as its benefits in reducing food waste are important.

For more information on sustainable food packaging, contact Paramount Packaging today!