The use of packaging is vital in the battle to reduce food waste.
Food wastage in developing countries can be as high as 50%; in the UK only 3% goes to waste before it reaches the shops. Packaging makes a positive contribution, helping to control the level of food waste created before products reach the consumer.
Consumers need help to take care of food in the home as almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year in the UK, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have consumed.
Packaging, when used properly by consumers can help them to reduce food waste. It’s important that consumers read care advice on packaging and keep product in packaging when they buy and store a product.
- We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink in the UK every year.
- Wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children, the equivalent of around £60 a month.
- We throw away more food from our homes than packaging in the UK every year.
Ultimate Packaging works closely with environmental and industry organisations to positively impact the packaging industry, waste levels and the responsible use of resources. The business has joined forces with organisations including the BPF, PAFA and the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.