Future proof your foodservice business with eco-friendly packaging

29. 08. 22

The pros of adopting sustainable packaging are manifold.

Sustainable packaging can be a solution – and an investment opportunity. It can be just as beneficial for your business as it is for the environment.

From straws and plastic bags to disposable coffee cups and takeaway cartons, retailers and their customers have been looking for ways to reduce the consumption of disposable plastics.

It’s not only essential for brands to play their part to reduce the strain on the environment, but it’s become a major factor in brand differentiation. The public expects businesses to lead the way, particularly with their packaging. And where packaging cannot be reduced, it at least needs to be sustainable.

In the modern economy, plastic has become indispensable, ubiquitous, and maybe the most versatile material in terms of applications. Its success is primarily based on its exceptional functional characteristics, as well as on its comparatively low production costs.

No matter how versatile plastic may be, and however vast the cost savings and efficiencies are delivered by its application in various areas, the impact of unmanaged plastic waste on the environment is devastating.

The next generation of sustainable food packaging

At amipak, we remain as committed as ever to thriving and competing as an organisation in the packaging industry. We continue to provide leading-edge, sustainable packaging solutions at scale.

From our meticulous work to secure DIN CERTCO composability certification and Flustix plastic-free trust marks for key ranges, to maintaining BRC AA certification and achieving FSC chain of custody, we continue to become more agile and responsive as packaging needs evolve.

One of the reasons that many brands have been slow to adopt sustainable packaging is because of the ill-informed myths that have built up around the industry. In the main, these beliefs centre around sustainable packaging being more expensive.

While this might have been true, in some cases when people’s thoughts first turned towards sustainability, it is no longer a valid argument. Although there are instances where sustainable base materials can require a greater outlay, they also attract savings. Typically, being lighter, these materials are cheaper to transport, and often take up less space.

From a family-style pizza to a multi-course high-end dining experience, packaging must look great from the get-go. Some of the most desirable takeaway food is served in our easily customisable table-ready packaging. Packaging that maintains the food’s same beautiful look and feel, helps fulfil the versatility of your menu, standardises portions, and drives the overall aesthetic you’re working to.

Our Flustix plastic-free brown leakproof range for example not only lightens your environmental weight but also balances innovation with functionality, all while safeguarding your bottom line. This range will preserve the optics of the dish and help maintain quality, freshness, and temperature. We can help you make sure there is no trade-off in terms of experience when it comes to ordering food for delivery.

Sustainable packaging: Myth v reality

While many businesses give up owing to the difficulty or settle for an imperfect solution, our to-go packaging is pound-for-pound the best sustainable food-grade packaging on the market. Our flagship brown leakproof range is the culmination of a decade of dedicated and meticulous work by our expert team and something which we’re very proud of.

With people expecting a myriad of gastronomic options, anytime and anywhere, as a vibrant part of our contemporary economy, our tailored solutions represent a perfect fit for this complex landscape.

To identify the best environmental option in each case, a life-cycle approach is needed that is adapted to each application and context.

Closed-loop systems are ideal applications. Take this summer’s Glastonbury Festival, The Wimbledon Championships, or The British Grand Prix: using compostable packaging means uneaten food and scraps can be thrown in a single bin for processing, preserving food nutrients without contaminating the waste stream. Similarly, collection services where companies both supply and collect compostable packaging reduce contamination and leakage and ensure that materials are circulated at their highest value.

Compostable packaging is one of multiple solutions needed to prevent waste, circulate materials, and regenerate nature. It is best suited to certain scenarios, notably food and drink applications where it can help increase the proportion of organic waste collected, treated, and recycled, which now stands at only 13%.

Granted, change isn’t always easy to implement. The prospect of putting time, resources, and effort into making a core infrastructural change to your business can be daunting. Particularly at times of instability. And, right now, you have both the cost-of-living crisis and the global talent shortage to contend with. But your business will only ever be sustainable if you embrace environmentally friendly packaging.

Our innovative sustainable packaging aims to reduce food waste and loss reduction by improving food quality, as well as food safety issues such as foodborne diseases and food chemical contamination. It also addresses the issue of plastic waste, as well as saving oil and food material resources.

While it might never be possible to completely avoid plastics, choosing eco-friendly food packaging that is less toxic, biodegradable or recyclable is a good step toward mitigating plastic’s harmful effects on the environment and your health.

Stocking sustainable food options, avoiding waste, and being conscious about packaging are now key considerations for potential customers. And what makes it even more appealing is that people are increasingly supportive of businesses that share plans around making their dishes and deliveries more sustainable.

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