Plastic in the Food System

Plastic in the Food System

Plastics from the global food industry are responsible for about 15 billion EUR in natural capital impacts annually.

Each stage in the food supply chain, including production, processing, retail and consumption, drives a range of impacts on society and the environment – particularly when it comes to plastic usage.

A leading justification for the use of single use plastics to package food is to extend shelf-life, consequently reducing food waste. Despite that, global annual food waste quantities have not reduced significantly leaving us to believe that this has not been a clear solution.

Some forms of packaging can be seen to even drive food waste at different stages in the supply chain, be it in defining strict retail grading standards resulting in waste by processors, or as a result of multi-packs leading consumers to over purchase and resulting in more waste at home.

Our growing trend towards “on-the-go” lifestyles, which is where businesses like ours come in, has done plenty to increase the amount of plastic in the food industry, but at the same time gives us an opportunity to improve the standard. We can opt for recyclable packaging, and work towards short food-supply chains where there is more local sourcing and reduction of food miles.

Knowing this, at Matter Nutrition we do our best to remain local, sustainable and plastic-free while ensuring the least amount of food waste possible throughout the process.

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