Food giants respond to worries over packaging

When Rebecca Prince-Ruiz remembers how her warm movement for Plastic Free July improved over the years, she simply smiles. What started in 2011 40 people pledging not to put plastic in one month a year has improved dramatically as 326 million people have promised to do the same today.

Since 2000, the plastics industry has produced as much plastic as in previous years, according to a 2019 World Wildlife Fund report.

This has led companies to switch to non-perishable plastic that can be used to significantly reduce bees left behind.

In March, Mars Wrigley and Danimer Scientific announced a new two-year partnership to build non-Skittles-free packages in the US, which are thought to be on the shelves in early 2022.
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It includes a type of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) that will look and feel like plastic, but can be thrown into compost where it will be damaged, unlike ordinary plastic that takes anywhere from 20 to 450 years to decompose completely.

The Danimer Scientific polymer product is made of canola oil, and acts as a wood, which means that it will be damaged when bacteria come in contact with it. “PHA is the most natural and powerful product of all kinds of products,” said Stephen Croskrey, chief executive officer of Danimer Scientific, based in the United States Georgia.

Alastair Child, vice president of Mars Wrigley for global sustainability, says: “Our vision is to fund a global economy where packaging can end and by 2025 we plan to reduce plastic consumption by 25% and 100% recycling of plastic,” he said. Alastair’s child. renewed or integrated. ”
To understand some of the ingredients, however, it is important to know the difference between perishable and perishable foods, because both of these terms are often combined differently, says Meg Sobkowicz, an associate professor.

Professor Sobkowicz explains that plastic polymers do not decompose in the same way because their molecules are not found in water, which is part of the consumer plastic complaint: because they contain water, dirt or water that can get into a plastic bag. , For example.
Preventing the widespread use of eco-friendly packages as a cost of PHA. About three to five times the cost of production as standard plastic.

But that did not stop companies like Mango Materials based in California and Polymateria in London from offering their businesses in the production of biodegrade products.

For example, Polymateria plastic decay + decay after three years and can be reused during its useful life. Their customers from East African businesses make bread bags in Extreme E, a new electric race series that uses Polymateria to make cups and food packaging products.
The plastics industry needs to wake up to the growing trend of alternative packaging, said Niall Dunne, Polymateria’s chief executive officer.

Professor Sobkowicz adds that this type of pressure has already worked to push the plastic industry away from the toxic BPA ingredient found in used plastic bottles. “I think we’ve come to a point where public concern is forcing them to reduce the scales they have chosen for nature packaging, even though it is expensive.”
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