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Healthy INSIDER Podcast: Sustainable Packaging Advances

Consumer concern about potential sustainability issues associated with plastics is encouraging the industry to invest in more environmentally friendly food and beverage packaging solutions.

Sustainability is becoming more than just a buzz word to food and beverage consumers. They want to ensure the environment is being cared for with packaging that, at the very least, is recyclable. Ginger Schlueter, assistant editor, paused at the Food Tech conference: Rethinking Food 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel, to speak with Julie Schifter, vice president of business development, TIPA Corp., an Israeli company offering bio-based, fully compostable plastic for food and beverage packaging, featuring similar mechanical and shelf-life properties as ordinary plastic. Schifter explained why and how the company got started, discussed environmental hazards of plastics and compared the concept of compostable flexible packaging to how an orange peel decomposes.

Key points of this podcast include:

  • Just because someone says something is impossible doesn’t mean it is.
  • Packaged foods must have a long shelf life to help them from becoming food waste.
  • Developments in sustainable packaging trends internationally are explored.

Links and Resources:

  • Check out Food Insider Journal’s The Whole Package Digital Magazine to discover how packaging can play a critical role in product success or failure, what the demand for eco-friendlessness may mean for food and beverage manufacturers, and packaging options making strides in the market.
  • Learn the challenges related to development and adoption of sustainable, flexible food packaging by listening to the Healthy INSIDER Podcast: Innovation, Progress in Sustainable Packaging Solutions.

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