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Packaging Matters

Thursday Jun 10th, 2021
Posted by Sophie

When it came to judging your produce, it wasn’t just what was on the inside that counted. The materials used for food packaging played a big part in the overall quality and sustainability of the product.

Here at Eat Easy HQ, our judgements were guided by the following criteria: Impact on Community, Impact on Environment, Food Quality and Service Quality.

Let’s talk about what exactly “Impact on Environment” means, shall we?

We’ll clear one thing up right here and now: at Eat Easy, we believe that action is needed to combat climate change and global warming. Let’s not beat around the blueberry bush.

In 2018, Australia established the 2025 National Packaging Targets scheme, which created a new sustainable pathway for the way we manage packaging in Australia.

The ambitious key targets include:
100% of all Australia’s packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 or earlier; 70% of Australia’s plastic packaging will be recycled or composted by 2025; 50% average recycled content will be included across all packaging by 2025; and Problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging will be phased out through design, innovation or introduction of alternatives. Eat Easy are in full support of these targets, and our judgement process is aligned to encourage food producers to meet them.

Sustainable Packaging Guidelines provided by The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) (2020) states that “packaging design plays a critical role in ensuring that consumers can fully dispense the product from its packaging, to both deliver better value to consumers and reduce waste”. It’s a win win for everyone involved and a no-brainer.

We encourage food producers to make efforts to use sustainable packaging practices, most especially eliminating the use of hazardous substances that are toxic to humans, other living organisms and ecosystems, are flammable, explosive or corrosive, ozone depleting, and/or contribute to climate change. These substances can be found in the lining of steel cans, polycarbonate and PVC plastics, and the inks, dyes, and pigments used for labels… yuck!

The good news is that there are now many food producers already well underway in changing their packaging practices to be more environmentally friendly, and we’re pretty stoked about it.

We can’t wait to tell you all about them!

Until then,

Team Eat Easy