SPC Open Forum: Mapping the influence of food waste in food packaging environmental performance assessments

Event Type: 
Martin Heller
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Event Sponsor: 
Sustainable Packaging Coalition

• Food waste is of major national and international concern
   – One third of the food produced globally for human consumption is wasted
   – 133 billion pounds annually in US, by USDA estimates
   – Contributes 28% to carbon footprint of US diet
   – UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3:
       • “By 2030 halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reduce food losses along production and supply chains including post-harvest losses.”
   – September 16, 2015: USDA & EPA announce first national goal to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030
• Packaging is commonly seen as an environmental burden; sustainable packaging efforts are often aimed at lightweighting, recyclability, compostability
• Packaging serves a critical role in protecting and preserving foods: may lead directly to food waste reduction
• Can investments in increased or improved packaging technologies be justified from an environmental standpoint if they contribute to reductions in food waste?

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