Scaled Management Systems

Packaging Part 2

Where is the boundary between food protection and packaging waste?

In the first article we looked briefly at two main themes, consumer acceptance of food packaging and environmental responsibility of food manufacturers.

With Australian packaging consumption predicted to increase from 4.4 million tonnes (2010) to 5.2 million tonnes (2035) the need for bio-compostable, bio-degradable, lighter, safer & stronger packaging may provide a competitive edge for innovative organisations.

In this article we look at how the food industry has decided to respond.

In a strategic approach the Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) and its members aim to:

  1. Design and use packaging so resource inputs & waste outputs are minimised.
  2. Optimise packaging to protect food throughout the supply chain.
  3. Collaborate and consult with academia, consumers, the community, manufacturers, packaging suppliers, regulatory authorities and researchers.

Previously released public documents from the industry and its representatives have been comprehensively structured with statistics, objectives, responsibilities, descriptive strategy and timelines. However, a considerable absence of quantified targets remains within most strategies.

This might suggest there is still a considerable way to go before agreement is reached across the whole industry on how the targets will be aligned with timelines.

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