RPC, THE leading rigid plastic packaging manufacturer, has joined the SAVE FOOD initiative to highlight and fight global food loss and waste.
The SAVE FOOD campaign was set up as a joint initiative between the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. It now has over 100 members from throughout the food supply chain who, through networking events and discussions, aim to develop solutions to tackle the problems of food waste.
RPC says the initiative ideally complements and supports the company’s own comprehensive sustainability programme.
Katherine Fleet, RPC’s Group Sustainability Manager commented: "According to Incpen, food wastage in developing countries can be as high as 50%; whereas in the UK only 3% goes to waste before it reaches the shops.
"This fact demonstrates both the challenges involved in reducing food waste as well as the crucial role that packaging can play in achieving this. And this is equally important in developed countries since, as the WRAP ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign reports, of the 7 million tonnes of food and drink thrown away from UK homes every year, more than half could have been eaten.”
SAVE FOOD was first launched at Interpack 2011 and since the beginning of 2013 has also enjoyed the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). To coincide with this year’s Interpack in Düsseldorf, a SAVE FOOD Congress will again take place on the 7th and 8th May, bringing together experts from industry, the political sphere and civil society.
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