Good packaging is not just about using less material, but also about protecting food from spoiling and damage so we dont have to throw it away. Ten times more energy is used in the production of the food than in the package itself (INCPEN 2008).
Plastic packaging has provided an intelligent solution to food wastage in every country where it is employed. It not only helps preserve freshness, but contributes significantly to food sustainability because it extends the shelf-life of food. Levels of food wastage drop from close to 50 percent in developing countries where plastic packaging is not widely used to just 3 percent in countries like Canada and in Europe (INCPEN, 2008). A U.S. Chamber of Commerce study shows that a 1% increase in packaging produces a 1.6% decrease in food waste.