Packaging manufacturer Crown has released an infographic to coincide with this year’s Earth Day, highlighting the problem of food wastage.
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, 1.3bn tons of food is wasted annually, or more than 350lb of food for every person on the planet, Crown said. Its infographic examines the various points across the production and consumption cycle where waste occurs, and highlights how metal packaging technologies can reduce the problem.
Crown said: “Metal packaging is currently one of the most effective means of reducing food waste on a global scale. More than most other formats, metal cans preserve their food contents and offer a long shelf life, significantly reducing the risk of food spoiling before it is consumed. As a hermetically sealed environment, a metal can protects foods from pathogens, light, oxygen and humidity. It keeps fruit and vegetables as fresh as the day they were packaged. And metal also scores points for being sustainable and energy-efficient – 100% recyclable without any degradation in quality, metal packaging can essentially be recycled indefinitely.”
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