Topic 2.9: Packaging

Packaging plays an increasingly crucial role in safeguarding the invested value in products, ensuring they can deliver their intended service with minimal waste. Sustainable food contact materials, which optimize service delivery with reduced energy and material inputs, as well as fewer adverse social, economic, and environmental effects such as waste emissions, contribute to sustainability in both industrial food processing machines and as food packaging.

Packaging Materials

The increasing need for healthier, convenient, safe, and longer-lasting food products is driving the development of innovative packaging methods. These packaging materials utilize polymers, paper/paperboards, metals, or glass. Polymers can be categorized as edible or non-edible, with non-edible ones primarily derived from petrochemicals. Edible films, on the other hand, are crafted from renewable sources such as starch, carbohydrates, polysaccharides, and more.

Packaging –Eco Labeling

Eco-labeling serves as a means to educate consumers about distinct product attributes and has proven effective in promoting environmentally friendly products. In the food industry, eco-labeling has predominantly centered on advocating for organic farming, primarily addressing the agricultural phase of the supply chain. In contrast, carbon labeling provides information about the carbon footprint across the entire life cycle of the product.

Eco-Labels: Examples