Did you know flexible packaging keeps food fresher longer and helps reduce food waste? The amount of food wasted in the United States is staggering – approximately 40% of food is not consumed annually, 36 million tons, making wasted food the single biggest occupant in American landfills. One of its greatest contributions is the reduction of food waste. This is a major challenge in the United States where about one-third of all food produced is disposed of before it is consumed, resulting in 1.3 billion tons of food thrown out annually.
The Flexible Packaging Association is committed to fighting food waste by developing innovative packaging that extends the shelf life of perishable foods.
Flexible packaging reduces waste at every stage of its life. It requires less energy and material to manufacture, reduces transportation costs because of its lighter weight, and sends less material to landfills. Food waste is also a major contributor to both greenhouse gases and methane gas at landfills.
Packaging, in general, and flexible packaging in particular, can reduce food waste. Many of the convenience benefits of flexible packaging contribute directly to reducing waste: resealable, cook and serve packaging, extended shelf life, portion control, portability.
FICTION. Food waste takes up the most space in U.S. landfills.
FACT: Flexible packaging keeps food fresher longer and helps reduce food waste.
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