Mississauga, Ontario (PRWEB) December 20, 2013
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association offers tips to help reduce the environmental and economic impact of food waste.
“There are a number of plastic packaging innovations making it possible to keep food fresher longer, so less is wasted and sent to landfills,” said Carol Hochu, President and CEO, Canadian Plastics Industry Association. “From resealable plastic bags and airtight plastic storage containers to portion-controlled plastic pouches for your favourite foods, the plastics industry offers many ways for Canadian families to reduce the amount of food wasted in their homes, making it more affordable for them as well.”
Food waste also has a significant impact on the environment. The Global Methane Initiative confirms that methane gas produced by discarded food waste in land fills is 25 times more harmful than the carbon dioxide emitted from cars. In fact, landfills account for more than 20 percent of all harmful methane gas emitted.
“The issue of post-consumer food waste is a massive problem and arguably the most pressing issue regarding waste disposal,” says food packaging consultant and author Dr. Paul Butler. “Focusing on packaging material weight reduction and recyclable food packaging materials is important; however, developing new innovations in packaging to help consumers manage their food inventory better and contribute to a more sustainable supply chain can have an even more significant impact on our environment.”
Consumers can help protect their wallets and the environment by using plastic innovations that help keep food fresher longer and looking for smart packaging innovations that ensure every last bit of the food is used before packaging is discarded. Intelligent Plastics has compiled a few simple tips to help consumers reduce food waste:
About Dr. Paul Butler
Dr. Butler is a materials science specialist with interests in nanotechnology, RFID, smart materials and smart consumer packaging. He spent the first half of his career in academia before entering industry with technical R&D director positions with Alcan Aluminium and Crown Cork & Seal. In 2004 he founded Packaging Materials & Technologies Ltd, an independent technical consultancy to promote innovation in the packaging industry, and became an academic visitor in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford.
He has written two books on smart packaging—“Smart Packaging” and “Consumer Smart Packaging”, and co-authored the book “Smart Packaging Technologies for Fast Moving Consumer Goods” published by John Wiley in 2008.
For the last three years he has been a principal consultant for the UK Government on post-consumer food waste and sustainability, focusing on the role of packaging in helping consumers.
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association is the national voice of Canada’s plastics industry, representing the interests of processors, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers and brand owners across the country.
For More Information:
Canadian Plastics Industry Association
905.678.7748 ext. 239