Grass replaces plastic in take-away food packaging

Soon, packaging for take-away foods might be completely based on local, sustainable materials instead of fossil-based products. In a new research project, a packaging solution based on upcycled grass fibres is being developed. Grass fibres can replace plastic as a 100% biodegradable and disposable material for packaging for take-away food. This is the goal ofContinue reading “Grass replaces plastic in take-away food packaging”

Packaging Expands Fresh Produce Access

Access to fresh produce has changed drastically during the past few decades, and consumers are taking advantage of it. They expect to find their favorite fresh fruits and vegetables year-round at supermarkets and other locations, such as convenience stores and quick-serve restaurants in both rural and urban environments. Nearly 60% of consumers say they areContinue reading “Packaging Expands Fresh Produce Access”

Infinitely Recyclable Plastic – PDK poly(diketoenamine)

“Plastics are a part of nearly every product we use on a daily basis. The average person in the U.S. generates about 100 kg of plastic waste per year, most of which goes straight to a landfill. Less than two years ago, Helms announced the invention of a new plastic that could tackle the waste crisis headContinue reading “Infinitely Recyclable Plastic – PDK poly(diketoenamine)”

Soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content

“The prototype KitKat wrapper, which represents Australia’s opportunity to close the loop on recycling soft plastics, has been created by a coalition of companies with a shared vision. Alongside Licella, these companies include iQ Renew, Nestlé, refiner Viva Energy Australia, polymer manufacturer LyondellBasell, REDcycle, Taghleef Industries, Amcor and CurbCycle. Each company brought their individual expertise,Continue reading “Soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content”

Plastics, pollution, food safety and waste

“The responsibility lies on the food sector and society to take up a joined-up approach to issues surrounding plastics, pollution, food safety and waste as they are interconnected. According to research from Leatherhead, single-use plastic is arousing consumers’ concerns over ocean pollution and use of fossil fuels. This is fueling real change in consumer behavior.Continue reading “Plastics, pollution, food safety and waste”

Towards a future with bioplastics

“Rompa first talks about the growing popularity of these materials, despite the fact that their price tend to be higher and supply is insufficient to meet demand. At the moment, bioplastics make up circa 1% of the total plastic market, but this percentage is expected to grow quickly. The paper then goes back to theContinue reading “Towards a future with bioplastics”

A Greater than Zero Effort for Food Waste

“Over the past decade, we have seen a resurgence in audiobooks and podcasts.  With how busy our daily lives are, it is an easy way to learn something new, enjoy a story, or engage in a community or conversation without much effort.  From Audible to Spotify to Apple Podcasts, there are dozens of different appsContinue reading “A Greater than Zero Effort for Food Waste”

Antimicrobial Packaging on the Rise Again

Pathogens such as Campylobacter, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella, as well as yeasts and molds, are major concerns and often define food shelf life. Antimicrobial packaging can be used to control microbial growth in packaged food, and given consumer interest in food with fewer preservatives, interest in its use is growing. Antimicrobial packaging is the deliberate incorporationContinue reading “Antimicrobial Packaging on the Rise Again”