Rigid plastic packaging manufacturer RPC Group has joined the SAVE FOOD initiative, a joint campaign organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and Messe Düsseldorf GmbH to highlight and fight global food loss and waste.
Each year, worldwide, a third of all food is thrown away or lost, while at the same time around 842 million people are suffering from hunger. RPC says the initiative ideally complements and supports the company’s own comprehensive sustainability programme. “According to Incpen, food wastage in developing countries can be as high as 50%; whereas in the UK only 3% goes to waste before it reaches the shops,” comments Katherine Fleet, RPC’s Group Sustainability Manager. “This fact demonstrates both the challenges involved in reducing food waste as well as the crucial role that packaging can play in achieving this. And this is equally important in developed countries since, as the WRAP ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign reports, of the 7 million tonnes of food and drink thrown away from UK homes every year, more than half could have been eaten.
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