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
Sustainability and green packaging are leading the way in the latest trends in food service packaging. According to statistics compiled by Mintel, a global market research firm, 42% of consumers say they seek a foodservice establishment that supports the environment by recycling or using biodegradable containers or serving dishes. During the recent National Restaurant Show in Chicago, the majority of the tableware, takeout containers, and utensils shown highlighted sustainability. New pulp restaurant take out containers and trays from Darnel meet the need for green with packaging composed from a variety of recycled pulp products. The containers have hinged lids, and are available in a variety of sizes. Pulp trays are also part of the product line. All pulp line products are freezer and oven safe (up to 350). Show your customers that sustainability is important by choosing Darnel Pulp Containers and Trays. Packaging is moving in a green and sustainable direction, and Darnel is leading the way in restaurant containers and trays. Going green for your food service packaging has never been easier than with Darnel’s new pulp line of take out containers and trays. (Source: Mintel: Restaurant industry continues green initiatives: new foodservice trends, June 6, 2014, www.mintel.com)
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