Smarter packaging for consumer food waste reduction

P. Butler,     Packaging Materials & Technologies, USA


In this chapter we concentrate on post-consumer food waste in the home from a sustainability perspective. Ecological footprint analysis (EFA) data is first used to estimate different types of food and food packaging by sustainability impact. To this data is combined food waste data from the UK Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) together with consumer insights on why and where people are wasting food. From this complete picture, innovative food-saving packaging solutions are suggested that should help consumers manage their food inventory better, and waste less food. The data also allow a comparison to be made of any ...

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