ZWE: Marrying Safety with Sustainability in Food Packaging – Briefing for Businesses

A new briefing by the civil society organisation Zero Waste Europe – ‘Marrying safety with sustainability in food packaging – Briefing for businesses’ – highlights that for food packaging to be sustainable, it must be safe, and that means making sure it’s free from harmful chemicals.

The briefing states that while society is pushing for a shift from single-use packaging to more sustainable reusable alternatives, chemical safety is often minimised or ignored in these discussions. It includes information for businesses to help them better understand the issues linked to harmful chemicals in food packaging, and concludes that: ‘‘Safety’ and ‘sustainability’ concepts are directly interlinked: in order for food packaging to be truly sustainable, it needs to be safe for both human and environmental health.’