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How you can play a part in the drive towards sustainable F&B packaging in Asia

 2021-04-29       11

Sustainable food and beverage (F&B) packaging is becoming a key element for manufacturers in Asia, thanks to growing consumer demand and the increased attention on the impact of packaging waste. As reported by Research and Markets, the global sustainable food packaging market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% and reach USD 249.5 Billion by 2025.


CONSUMER PREFERENCE

According to a global report by McKinsey & Company, consumers in Asia indicate the highest levels of concern for sustainability and are willing to pay more for sustainable food and beverage packaging. A growing population of consumers want to live a more sustainable, socially responsible life, and are increasingly open to purchase products from companies that contribute to the greater good of the environment. 


This has driven the industry to produce healthier products with more ethically sourced ingredients and more transparent supply chains. It has also influenced the development of sustainable packaging designs.


Furthermore, with governments incentivising recycling as part of a more comprehensive, circular economy approach targeted at eradicating waste and re-utilising resources, it has inculcated the positive habit among the general public. Consumers are taking more ownership of their waste and are generally more environmentally conscious. This has a knock-on effect on their expectations from brands they use, including F&B providers.


MORE INDUSTRY PLAYERS MAKING THE SHIFT TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

Over the years, a growing number of food service outlets and food delivery companies have started placing sustainable packaging practices at the centre of their corporate social responsibility focus. 


For example, a probiotic cultured milk drink manufacturer in Singapore stopped providing single-use plastic straws for its yoghurt drinks from December 2018. In Malaysia, a famous malted chocolate drink manufacturer introduced paper straws in place of plastic ones for its packaging in 2019.


Additionally, a food delivery company in Singapore recently partnered with an eco-friendly packaging company to replace its single-use takeaway packaging with compostable solutions. 


Globally, many F&B giants also have pledged long-term sustainability commitments, such as reducing plastic waste and increasing the use of recycled polyethene terephthalate (rPET) and other sustainable materials for their packaging needs. These efforts will significantly reduce packaging waste and at the same time cultivate lifestyle change among consumers.


HOW YOU CAN KICKSTART YOUR SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAP

As an F&B manufacturer, you can contribute to the goal of a circular economy by reviewing your current manufacturing process and identifying ways to make them more sustainable. For instance, introducing recyclable materials for your packaging, reducing usage of materials, or utilisising more sustainable, durable and lighter-weight packaging solutions. 


There will be challenges along the way. One of the most common issues would be that food packaging with non-compostable adhesive cannot be recycled as they either do not compost or can cause damage to machines in the recycling process.

 

But the good news is, when the food contaminated packaging is made entirely from compostable materials, it can be used as fertiliser to stimulate plant growth when placed in a 'composting environment', as the components allow it to disintegrate into natural elements. This avoids toxicity in the soil and minimises harmful greenhouse gases, which would usually be generated from food packaging waste.


When paired with a compostable adhesive such as Bostik Thermogrip® 43298, the packaging can break down into natural gases and biomass, significantly reducing waste processing costs. Additionally, natural materials are also lighter than manufactured materials, which can help reduce shipping costs due to reduction of weightage. 


As consumers become more environmentally conscious, adding a compostable adhesive to your F&B production can help you meet market requirements without sacrificing packaging quality and help you take advantage of new opportunities.


Our products, such as Bostik Thermogrip® 43298, the first-ever, BPI-certified hot melt adhesive that is fully compostable, can help you to gain BPI certification for your F&B packaging. This adhesive works in service temperatures ranging from 0° to 180° F (-17.7° to 82° C), meaning that it can be used in any process methods.


With our compostable adhesive, the ability to manufacture a 100% compostable package without compromising on manufacturing or performance needs is easily achievable.


If you're considering adding compostable adhesives to your production line, talk to us today.


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