Food Loss and Waste: Answering the Packaging Question

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Paper or plastic? Glass or tin? Or no packaging at all? A new research report from the National Zero Waste Council reveals the relationships between food waste, packaging and GHG emissions. …

The research report, Less Food Waste, Less Packaging Waste, was commissioned by the National Zero Waste Council in partnership with RECYC-QUÉBEC, Éco Entreprises Quebec and PAC Packaging Consortium – with funding provided by Vancity, RECYC-QUÉBEC and Éco Entreprises Quebec. It was prepared by Value Chain Management International, a global consulting firm specializing in the agriculture and food industries. …

Reducing food waste and advancing the circular economy must be a top priority in our collective fight against climate change because preventing one tonne of food waste prevents four tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions, said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of the National Zero Waste Council. Rather than eliminating packaging, the industry must choose packaging materials and designs that keep food from spoiling and support the circular economy in Canada. …

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