Since nature and the environment are not an inexhaustible source of resources, it is necessary to seek alternatives for their protection. Sustainability seeks to promote social development among communities and cultures in order to have a better quality of life, health and education.
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- 1 What is sustainable?
- 2 Sustainability trends
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions
What is sustainable?
It consists of satisfying current needs, ensuring a balance between economic growth, respect for nature and social welfare. Through sustainable products, we seek to combat environmental problems by means of alternatives that replace agents that are harmful to nature.
Sustainable packaging is more environmentally friendly and greatly reduces its impact on the environment compared to other materials. With their use, the basic needs of food quality and safety are met, while taking care of the planet.
Nowadays, both companies and individuals are making a great effort to consume more responsibly with nature. Take note of the following trends, used as alternative in the packaging and hospitality area .
Trends in sustainable packaging
These products are part of the packaging industry, are respectful of nature and preserve food at the same time. The following is a description of the new trends in its products:
- 100% compostable cellulose packaging, an excellent substitute for traditional plastic.
- Flexible packaging, made from sustainable materials that protect and extend the life of the product.
- Recyclable and sustainable greaseproof paper, resistant to oil, moisture and other food components.
- Compostable plastic, which decomposes quickly and leaves no toxic residues in nature.
Biodegradable alternative trends for the hospitality industry
Bars and restaurants are the biggest consumers of plastic waste, so biodegradable products are an excellent alternative. See below the new trends in the market:
- Packaging made from natural materials such as corn starch.
- Biodegradable straws made from bamboo, food or wheat straw.
- Wooden and sugar cane utensils to accompany the presentation of dishes.
- Disposable cardboard and paper disposables, for the use of napkins, tableware and bags.
- Palm leaf containers and trays.
- Biodegradable garbage bags, with the same functionality and cost of plastic bags.
Find out much more in our Catering and Hospitality Dictionary.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is sustainable packaging?
For packaging to be sustainable, it must implement the use of compostable and biodegradable materials that are easy to recycle. With greater respect for the environment, these products also meet the basic needs of their use, such as quality and food safety.
Which packaging is more sustainable?
In order to minimise the environmental footprint of packaging, different sustainable alternatives have been developed. Cardboard is undoubtedly one of the most sustainable and economical materials that can be used. This is because it is very easy to reuse and has a low environmental impact due to its short life cycle.
How to make sustainable packaging?
For packaging to be sustainable, it must be designed according to criteria of repairability, upgradeability, reusability and recyclability. In its manufacture, materials based on renewable sources, recycled and bioplastics should be used, generating less energy consumption and less waste in the environment.