Linpac at the forefront of tackling waste

Packaging solutions company Linpac has welcomed the news that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched an inquiry into the economic, environmental and social impact of food waste. 

Linpac, which offers different ranges of packaging to the meat industry, has been at the forefront of developing innovative fresh food-packaging solutions to keep foods fresher for longer.

“One of the most effective ways to reduce food waste is to improve packaging,” said Dr Helene Roberts, director of marketing and innovation for Linpac. “Linpac has certainly explored this to maximum effect, launching products that are smarter, lighter in weight and more sustainable year on year.

“Food packaging should be seen as a green technology. It not only extends the shelf-life of food products, but also addresses waste-related portion control issues by allowing consumers to visibly see the contents and make an informed choice about the product contained within.”

According to Linpac, packaging is often overlooked because of misconceptions about its impact on the environment. However, it can actually help reduce the amount of food waste.

“I believe packaging is one of the most effective technologies invented, due to its protective and preserving qualities,” added Roberts.

“For food and drink products, shelf-life is a requirement to create low wastage rates between the packer filler and consumer.

“In the context of overall sustainability, it is evident that, contrary to popular misconception, packaging should be regarded as part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

As part of the inquiry, the committee will investigate the impact of initiatives aimed at reducing food waste and whether legislation is required. It will also take a look at effective measures taken by retailers, the hospitality sector, local councils and consumers.

It is believed that 85% of food wastage comes from homes, with the average family spending £700 a year on food that is not consumed.

In partnership with Tesco and Cargill, Linpac has recently developed a new ‘split pack’ tray design for poultry to help with portion control.

“At Linpac, we recognise our role in helping retailers deliver safe food products and support them to minimise waste by designing new safer, innovative packaging solutions,” added Roberts.

“Food waste and sustainable packaging are very much at the top of our agenda. We welcome this inquiry into how the industry as a whole can reduce food waste further, whilst recognising the important role packaging plays in food waste reduction.”

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