Fighting Food Waste: Thinking Outside the Box
The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) recently released a new infographic that highlights how flexible packaging is helping to keep food fresher longer and prevent food waste.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, approximately 40% of food is not consumed. The annual amount of food waste is 36 million tons, which is worth $162 billion.
The typical American family throws away 40% of fresh meat, fish, and poultry purchased; 51% of dairy and fruit purchased; and 44% of fresh vegetables purchased.
When packaged in flexible packaging, the shelf life of green beans extends from 7 days to 19 days. Some other examples of shelf life extension for food, when packaged in flexible packaging, include grapes, from 7 days to 70 days; broccoli, from 6 days to 20 days; steak, from 3 days to 20 days; and cheese, from 190 days to 280.
For More Information
For more information on the FPA and benefits of flexible packaging in preventing food waste, visit our website, www.flexpack.org.