Food for thought

Packaging is at a crossroads, with innovation spreading in different directions and stalling in others. But why is the industry so split on the issue? Edward Perchard assesses the situation

This article was taken from Issue 81

This year, the third stage of the Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP) Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement signed by retailers, manufacturers and suppliers in the UK grocery sector, comes to a close.

Launched in 2013, Courtauld Commitment 3 (CC3) sought to build on the positive results of the previous two stages – WRAP reported that 2.9 million tonnes of food and packaging waste had been prevented by signatories since 2005. Its three targets were: a five per cent decrease in household food and drink waste; a three per cent reduction in grocery ingredient, product and packaging waste in the supply chain; and improved packaging design that maximises recycled content, improves recyclability and reduces waste through product protection, while avoiding increasing its carbon impact, all by 2015.