Future of food Packaging

Are you ready for the future?

At Bruinsma United we follow trends and think together with the customer about how they can become more sustainable.

We want to get rid of plastic. But wood or paper is not necessarily always better.

The change is not entirely without a struggle, because the development of new materials does not always turn out well. Cardboard or wooden straws and spoons to replace plastic: more and more company canteens and takeaways are switching. However, customers do not always seem happy with this sustainable alternative. “This doesn’t taste, is it?”

After all, it is also about the experience and it must also be sustainable on a large scale. And is that feasible with the current scarcity of paper and cardboard?”

Single-use paper-based packaging compared to multi-use systems

Fast food Chains are planning to test reusable containers starting next year as part of its efforts to reduce waste.

The trial is part of a partnership with TerraCycle’s zero-waste delivery platform, Loop. Customers can opt in for reusable packaging for menu items such as sandwiches, soft drinks and coffee. They can then return the reusable sandwich container or beverage cup to BK restaurants to be cleaned and reused.

But for those who participate, the program comes with a cost: Customers will be charged a small deposit upon purchase, and once the packaging is returned, they’ll receive a refund.

Ramboll life cycle analysis highlights the environmental benefits of single-use paper-based packaging

A full life cycle assessment (LCA) commissioned by the European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA) and carried out by independent consultant Ramboll challenges the common perception that reusable tableware used in European quick-service restaurants for in-store consumption has lower environmental impacts. Updated data for the study from September 2021 clearly reconfirms the benefits of single-use paper-based packaging compared to multi-use systems.

A summary of the Life Cycle Assessment is available EPPA at www.eppa-eu.org

Heard a lot: Let’s remain objective and use multi use where it makes sense, but especially also use single use where it is least harmful to the environment!

Need more info about paper cups or food packaging please contact us!