Poor packaging deserves to be dropped

Food retailers and manufacturers have made their pledge to the Courtauld Commitment to reduce household food waste

Top food retailers and manufacturers have made their pledge to the Courtauld Commitment to reduce household food waste. Now a respected UK packaging expert is calling on his industry to do more this year to help achieve the UK-wide commitment to reducing household food waste by 20 per cent in the next two years.More than £10 billion worth of food is thrown away in the UK every year – enough to fill Wembley stadium nine times over. Much of this waste is a consequence of misunderstandings over labelling and best before dates, and the recent developments in food labelling will help to address this issue. However, Charles Smithson, managing director of leading UK-based food packaging specialist KM Packaging, is convinced that the packaging sector can play a much more significant role in helping to extend shelf life and improving the integrity of packaging – all of which will significantly reduce waste.
Courtauld Commitment 3 – funded by Westminster, the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments and delivered by WRAP – runs until 2015, building on the first two successful phases and aiming to further reduce the weight and carbon impact of household food waste. Its impact is predicted to be a cumulative reduction of 1.1 million tonnes of waste, 2.9 million tonnes of CO2 and a cost benefit of £1.6 billion to consumers, the food and drink sector and local authorities. Nearly 50 leading retailers, brands and manufacturers signed up in the summer and collectively are expecting to influence a 20 per cent reduction in household food waste.

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