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Minister backs sustainable packaging initiative

A checklist to help companies choose sustainable packaging systems has been published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (Incpen).

Packaging for people, planet and profit – sustainability checklist includes a foreword from environment minister Therese Coffey, who says: ”We have made great progress in boosting recycling rates and making more packaging recyclable, and we continue to see exciting innovation in this area.

“But there is still much more to be done to increase sustainability across the supply chain – from producers and into the home.”

The checklist provides guidance on boosting resource efficiency at all stages of a packaged product’s journey. Relevant regulation and guidance is enhanced by information to help companies exceed legal requirements.

Helen Munday, FDF chief scientific officer, said: “This guidance will help businesses to choose and optimise their use of packaging in ways that will contribute to a net improvement in the use of resources across the value chain.

“This improvement can be achieved while continuing to ensure that food safety and quality requirements are not compromised.”

Jane Bickerstaffe, director of Incpen, said: “The checklist will help companies to improve packaging for food and drink and other products, make it more consumer-friendly and make supply chains more resource-efficient.

“Supply chain companies are more aware of, and responsive to, environmental concerns than many businesses. This checklist will help them demonstrate that responsiveness to the public.”

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