WPO to recognise ‘International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste’


The World Packaging Organisation (WPO) is inviting all members and the wider industry across the globe to observe the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 29th September, which is coordinated by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The ‘International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste’ is designed to make a clear call to action for both the public and private sectors to prioritise actions and move ahead with innovation to reduce food loss and waste.

A third of all food produced in the world is wasted and when food is lost or wasted, all the resources that were used to produce this food, including water, land, energy, labour and capital, go to waste.

Food that is lost or wasted is responsible for 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

WPO president, Pierre Pienaar said, “Packaging can play an integral role in minimising food waste at the start of the value chain so that waste can be prevented in the households. Avoiding food waste is a critical packaging issue and one that food producers, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers and consumers need to better understand.”

The WPO has been working on the issue of food waste and the role that packaging plays for several years and has developed a special award category for innovative and intuitive Save Food Packaging Design in the annual WorldStar Packaging Awards.

Vice president Sustainability & Save Food, Nerida Kelton explained that without adequate intuitive packaging design features and fit-for-purpose packaging, food can potentially be wasted all the way through the supply chain to the consumer.

“The most innovative and intuitive Save Food Packaging uses design features that can contain and protect, preserve, extend shelf life, easily open and reseal, provide consumer convenience and portion control; all the while meeting global sustainable packaging targets.”

“The ‘Packaging that Saves Food Special Award’ is designed to raise the profile of the critical role of packaging to reduce food waste and therefore reduce product’s overall environmental impact. It also recognises companies that are developing innovative and sustainable packaging that minimises food losses and food waste, extends shelf life and improves the supply of food,” Kelton added.

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