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How the Food Industry is Contributing to Reverse Logistics
by Rachael Everly, Undergraduate, @ Rachael Everly

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The food industry has always been the source of enormous amounts of packaging going to waste and adding to the garbage that is on our planet. Most packaging for foods is done in plastic wrappers or containers. Plastic itself is harmful for the environment due to its quality for being long lasting and non-decomposition properties. The water bodies and land is polluted with plastic waste and has adversely affected the lives of marine animals and the process of nature. Environmentalists have realized the issue and have since then worked hard in order to reduce the amount of plastic used in food packaging.

The idea is not to demotivate people from buying packaged food from stores, but instead, use food that comes with either biodegradable or with nature-friendly packaging. This way it ensures that the packaging content does not impact anything natural in a negative manner. There are multiple companies who are striving to provide good quality packaging to their consumers along with the wrapping being eco-friendly and cheap. Many efforts have been made to build packaging contents that are easily recycled or quickly decompose. The following points are a reflection of studies made, to understand how well received green packaging will be in the upcoming years.

The green packaging market around the globe has had a sales profit of over US $132 million in the year 2015. This rise in sales is set to grow steadily high and the demand in green packaging is set to generate revenue of over US $207 million by the end of 2022 as concluded by one report. This accumulates to the rise of green packaging material to be increased by up to 5.41% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) in 2022.

The changing market is the result of manufacturers’ choices of switching to a better option for packaging due to the concern of environment. The growing concern for health and hygiene related issues in our societies have prompted the companies to take steps in order to improve the environment. However, there are multiple companies who have been forced to make their products’ packaging more environment-friendly, due to the laws set in their locality. The packaging ranges from substituting plastic to biodegradable materials, paper packets or even edible forms of packaging. These certain resources assure that the environment stays safe and the waste material easily disappears from the face of the earth without causing any harm to anyone or increasing trash in oceans or in the wildlife.

Not only have these materials helped minimize global damage, but it has also eased the process of reverse logistics, erasing the costs of transportation for reverse logistics and negating any returns of the food packaging to be recycled or reused by people. Food related packaging is not the only type of packaging has seen a biodegradable approach, but pharmaceuticals have adopted methods of using bioplastic as the reciprocal for aluminum or plastic based wrapping. Polymer and oil based products have also been abandoned in the struggle to make packaging more environment-friendly.

The beverages that you drink in plastic cups can become a reason for huge distress in the environment as they are then thrown away and don’t rot for years. Edible cups are revolutionizing the industry by having people eat them as a food rather than being thrown away as a garbage item. These cups are designed to be harmless to humans or any form of beverage put in these cups. The basic components of these glasses are natural food coloring, seaweed and organic sweeteners making them free from any industry manufactured products.

Recycled packaging products have made the market even broader and more profit-bearing. What is even more interesting is that packaging industry is helping reverse logistics companies’ campaigns a lot easier and have resulted in greener option for companies. Due to eco-friendly packaging, more waste products can be used to become fodder for the plants.

No matter which way you look at the situation, but all these steps are going to help make the Earth’s environment better and a lot healthier. The food industry has started playing its part for the betterment of the human race and is doing the best efforts to improve the quality of living by reducing the adverse effects of our harmful products that we consume daily. It is now up to the people to support such organizations and purchase these products more than our usual choices while shopping. It will not only help the environment but our future generations in becoming healthy individuals and have a sustainable future.
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Rachael Everly is an undergraduate student who loves to write on the topics related business, finance and Technology. Follow @Rachael Everly for further updates.

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