About one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, is wasted in the food chain. When this figure is converted to calories, this means that about one in four calories intended for consumption is never actually eaten.5 Plastic packaging reduces food waste by protecting and preserving food as it moves from farm to fork.
Producing food is resource-intensive whether it is the water used to grow the crops or the energy used to transport the products to the market. Using a few grams of plastic to protect this valuable product and extend its shelf life means protecting the resources that have gone into its production, which is environmentally smart. In the USA, organic waste is the second largest component of landfills; worldwide, food waste generates 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change.6
STYRON™ Polystyrene is used in a range of food packaging applications that protect food from external factors such as damage during transport and display or deterioration caused by air. And plastic packaging meets consumers’ demand for more convenient, time-saving, and portable food – whether it’s a microwavable package or a single-serve packet.
As the world continues to focus on creating a more sustainable future, polystyrene will continue to play an important role in protecting food and saving resources.
5World resources institute & UNEP. Working paper: “Reducing Food Loss and Waste”
6 Food Tank, 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Food Waste: http://foodtank.com/news/2015/06/world-environment-day.10-facts-about-food-waste-from-bcfn