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

Ginger. Schlueter, Assistant Editor

May 2, 2018

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.

Got feedback? Email Ginger Schlueter at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERpodcast

About the Author(s)

Ginger. Schlueter

Assistant Editor, Natural Products Insider

Ginger Schlueter joined the Natural Products INSIDER team as an assistant editor in 2017. She began her professional career as an English teacher, but soon transitioned into journalism to follow her true passions—writing, editing and interviewing professionals. Her first journalistic position was in the security industry and now, she is thrilled to embark into the exciting world of health and wellness, which has always been a topic of research and interest in her life. Ginger graduated from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and from National University with a Master’s degree in English.

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