The topic has been a high-interest one in the produce industry given the commonness of plastic packaging and the numerous ways its utilization benefits shoppers — specifically taking into account perceivability of the product, maintaining its quality and extending its shelf life.
In the Food Marketing Institute’s yearly Power of Produce report, most buyers positioned those functional attributes as more critical to them than packaging being environmentally friendly.
77% said it is very important packaging allow them to see the product; 62% said it is very important packaging make items last longer; and 47% said it is very important packaging be environmentally friendly.
While that absolutely doesn’t mean customers couldn’t care less about feasible packaging, it indicates there are different components that they prize and that must be considered.
With sustainability such a hotly debated issue, be that as it may, different retailers are hoping to dispose of plastic where they can.
Wegmans as of late declared it means to decrease in-store plastic packaging by 2 million pounds in 2019, with designs to accomplish a 10 million-pound decrease by 2024.
The company has discarded plastic straws and drink blend sticks, changing to fiber choices, as indicated by a news release.
“We’re taking measurable steps to improve and implement programs that increase our recycling rate, minimize waste and help make a difference in every community we serve,” Jason Wadsworth, Wegmans packaging and sustainability manager, said in the release. “One area we’re paying particular attention to is packaging. We need to ensure packaging is functional and performs as expected, which is key to reducing food waste. But it must also use materials efficiently and responsibly and be recyclable whenever possible.”
Thus, Aldi spread out a progression of plastic decrease objectives toward the beginning of April.
It intends to make all its packaging — including plastic — reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The company additionally hopes to decrease packaging generally speaking by in any event 15% in that time frame.
What’s more, Aldi will have How2Recycle marks without anyone else brand consumable bundling by 2020. The ocompany will likewise set up an activity to make private-label packaging easier for shoppers to reuse.
“The commitments we’re making to reduce plastic packaging waste are an investment in our collective future that we are proud to make,” Aldi U.S. CEO Jason Hart said in a news release.
Kroger recently provided an update on its Zero Hunger Zero Waste initiative and noted its decision to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags from all its stores by 2025, along with listing numerous other waste-diversion and recycling accomplishments.