Sustainability is a key issue in food packaging. Almost 60% of consumers want their packaging to be more sustainable and 40% are willing to pay a little more in the process. (source: Asia Pulp and Paper 2013 survey) The fast food, consumer goods and beverage markets, in particular, have work to do on their sustainable packaging. Sustainability standards are measured in four areas: recyclability, compostability, recycled content, and source production. The US lags behind other countries in its recycling efforts – its recycling rate is 34.5% compared to other countries, and packaging recycling is at about 51%. Current packaging practices such as the use of black plastic and the increase in flexible packaging should be looked at, since these two packaging options are not recyclable. (Source: As You Sow & The National Resource Defense Council, Waste and Opportunity 2015) The fast food industry especially is a big user of plastic food packaging. The truth remains that the majority of fast food packaging will end up in a landfill. The industry is not doing much to solve this problem. Pressure is on to
EPP Expanded polypropylene (EPP), very similar to EPS, it is also obtained from rigid polymer beads heat expansion, resulting in closed cell foam which is flexible, lightweight and heat/cold resistant, an environmentally-friendly product. It has a better shape memory, giving it greater resilience and allowing it to deform without breaking. 100 % recyclable. PP Polypropylene (PP) is a linear hydrocarbon polymer, expressed as CnH2n. With its features of transparency and high-food grade quality raw material, Polypropylene is one of the most versatile polymers available of the plastics in food packaging markets. PP is cost-effective, disposable, safe, versatile and environmentally friendly and is ideal for food packaging. PS Polystyrene is a rigid clear thermoplastic polymer that can be molded into objects or made into foam. Polystyrene food service packaging has many benefits. It is extremely strong yet lightweight and provides excellent insulation. It also keeps food fresher longer, and costs less than paperboard options. Polystyrene also has less environmental impact during its manufacture since it weighs between two to five times less than comparable paper packaging products, and requires about 50 percent less energy to produce than comparable paperboard packaging. (Source: plastics.americanchemistry.com) PE Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or
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