Fresh to Table26.6.2017
Each year, globally, one third of the food produced for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – goes to waste. Plastic packaging can help reduce food waste and spoilage, by protecting the quality and safety of food, preserving food freshness and extending shelf life (up to three times more than non-packaged goods).
Whilst additional packaging may seem like a bad idea for the environment, data shows that the environmental benefits of food waste reduction surpass the impact of additional packaging by a factor of five.
The most important function of packaging is to protect the product inside the package. This must also, therefore, be the most important design criteria. Multilayer barrier structures provide the best functionality for food packaging while simultaneously providing the maximum environmental benefits.
Worried about recyclability? Don’t be: even taking into account the lower recycling rates, the use of flexible plastic packaging achieves higher resource efficiency compared to any other packaging material.
Dow resins and adhesives can allow to better preserve the food and keep it fresh for longer until it reaches the consumers, enhancing their experience and managing resources efficiently. This is our Fresh to Table value proposition to the entire packaging Value Chain.
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