These 19 Companies Are Ditching Plastic Packaging – Food Tank

Good News Notes:

The world produces around 300 million tons of plastic waste every year, according to the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP).

This plastic waste is detrimental to human and planetary health, releasing greenhouse gases, polluting soil and waters, and threatening marine wildlife. Plastic waste is now so abundant, the U.N. has declared it a planetary crisis.

Food and beverage companies have an important role to play in addressing this issue. A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund report estimates that across Southeast Asia and China, food and beverage packaging makes up around 60 percent of total plastic packaging waste. And a report on the Biodegradable Packaging Market in the U.S. finds that the industry is responsible for around half of packaging waste in U.S. landfills.

“Plastic packaging has a low recycling and recollection rate and the vast majority of it is lost, landfilled or incinerated,” Lindsey Howell, CEO and Co-Founder of Dispatch Goods, tells Food Tank. These components that are lost often end up in waterways and eventually oceans and marine ecosystems contributing to the estimated 14 million tons of plastic that enter the ocean every year….”

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