The Value of Compostable Packaging
Packaging | Sustainable Business

Food waste is the largest portion of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. Without proper recycling of organic waste such as food, the decomposition of these materials releases harmful greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.

A 50% increase in food waste recovery would significantly reduce emissions– but what changes and choices can facilitate such a notable decrease?

The answer: Compostable Packaging

The Sustainable Packaging Coaltion’s “Value of Compostable Packaging study highlights the effectiveness of compostable packaging in maximizing the delivery of food scraps to compostable bins and fostering the growth of organics diversion. 

A study analyzing waste collection in 5 different commercial settings–including both front and back-of-house waste– determined that the use of compostable packaging increased food and overall waste recovery for every business under examination. 

At a full-day festival venue with 60,000 lbs of waste, overall recovery increased by an incredible 34% with the use of compostable packaging. This waste recovery also reduced CO2 emissions by 14,102 pounds. 

Across all five characterizations, waste recovery increased by an average of 18% with a reduction of 3,307 lbs of CO2.

The value of compostable packaging is undeniable. 

Compostable packaging offers businesses of all sizes a clear path to less waste and a smaller carbon footprint– but why is compostable packaging so effective in increasing waste recovery?

Once disposable food containers, plates, silverware, or wrappings are contaminated by food, grease, oils or other organic content, the packaging is deemed non-recyclable.

With compostable packaging, food residues do not disqualify the waste from organics recovery.

We invite you to learn more about compostable packaging and the 2DegreesCooler venture on our website:

Let’s talk about your sustainable business development and contribution to making the earth 2DegreesCooler.

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