TAG: Food packaging

Pretentious Packaging

Pretentious Packaging

Food packaging is sometimes an evil necessity. It is certainly helpful in keeping food and beverage items safe while traveling and free from contaminants until purchased. However, cardboard and plastic packaging in particular are responsible for tons of waste each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2008 in the U.S. alone there were 1,170 thousand tons of bags and sacks generated, with only 440 thousand tons of this recovered in recycling efforts. Milk cartons accounted for 490 thousand tons of packaging waste, with none recaptured. The total production numbers from this year for paper and paperboard containers… read more

Goodbye Food Packaging

Green Food Packaging

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s statistics, 1.3 billion tons of food, equivalent to around 1/3 of the food produced is wasted each year on a global scale. Also, packaging waste totaled upwards of 75 million tons in 2010 just in the U.S., as stated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Not even half of that amount was reportedly recycled. Food waste occurs on an individual basis, but also happens during food production. What it takes to get food ready to sell just in the wrapping alone uses a lot of resources. Product packaging can be wasteful…and frustrating. If you have ever… read more

The Footprint of Our Food

Food Footprint

Behind neatly packaged foods are hidden costs. Retail foods come at a high price compared to local operations. Not merely a hollowing of your pocket; but a cost to your health, as well as the public’s safety, time and resources. Many products begin on commercial farms, as plants that are treated with pesticides. Pesticides are used to keep produce attractive and pest free. Unfortunately, some pesticides are absorbed by plants and can’t be removed by simply washing fresh produce. This is a major health concern. Once in factories, many items are packed in airtight bags and placed in oversized containers…. read more

Grocery Store Packaging

Grocery Store Packaging

A trip to the grocery store can put a dent in the wallet, but it can also pile up the amount of packaging used for a variety of goods. Since food packaging is used nearly everywhere in a conventional supermarket, it may be hard to decode what can actually be recycled. Plastics are sorted and recycled by their assigned numbers. Recycling centers will accept a lot of plastics, but some like number 5 and number 7 plastics are more complicated to recycle and some facilities may refuse them. Programs like Gimme5 take certain number 5 plastics by offering drop offs at… read more