Compostable foodservice packaging, as an aspect of sustainable packaging is gaining momentum in recent years, as composting becomes a big part the larger packaging industry’s materials management strategy. Stemming from consumer awareness of the negative impact of plastic on the environment and preference for alternative materials and processes, compostable foodservice packaging is being adopted rapidly across end users and food vendors from chain cafes to airlines enthusiastically jumping on the wagon. This has also pushed several initiatives and regulations globally that make environmentally-friendly compostable packaging a requirement. The mass inclination for compostable products has also permeated to include stakeholders in the consumer product goods market as well, who are also including compostable materials as a part of their sustainable packaging goals.
Foodservice packaging has been facing widespread scrutiny around the world of the impact of materials used that could potentially harm the environment. This has caused stakeholders, including manufacturers and end users to invest into research and development into better waste management. Driving this progress towards feasible solutions is the requirement to maximize the diversion of waste from landfills, to reduce the burden on the environment of the same. Particularly in the current scenario, with ‘zero-waste’ being the front and center in manufacturing, people are increasingly turning towards compostable foodservice packaging, hailing it as a viable solution to the plastics problem.
The steadily growing interest in compostable packaging has led to the stable growth of the compostable foodservice packaging market in recent years, with a similar trend continues in the foreseeable future. This is expected to create profitable prospects for players in the market as they focus on product innovations and direct research and development towards convenient, sustainable, environment-friendly and compostable foodservice packaging.
Circular Packaging Economy
Plastics and single-use, disposable packaging have become a growing problem, with less than a tenth of it getting recycled and the larger part of it ending up in landfills or directly in the environment. In order to combat this situation and break away from the ‘take, make, dispose’ pattern, the industry as a whole is gearing to move towards a circular packaging economy, to specifically target the reduction of waste design. This is opening up opportunities for players in the compostable foodservice packaging market to expand as end users drift towards less wastage, alternative raw materials to be used and improved methods for packaging in general. The adoption of the circular economy pattern, encouraging circular thinking, is aimed at exploring innovative approaches to sustainable packaging.
The trending buzzwords in foodservice packaging in the current market scenario are ‘sustainable materials management’ and ‘ecological efficiency’, which have become increasingly important as compostable foodservice packaging has become such a big aspect of sustainable packaging solutions. The major stakeholders in the compostable foodservice packaging market are looking to follow the 3 R’s of sustainability – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, where packaging is designed to be reused and recycled/composted to reduce the negative burden on the environment.
Customization a Key
Customization has quickly become a key aspect demanding the attention of manufacturers in the compostable foodservice packaging market. With end users of this market are looking to cater to consumer needs of snackable foods and convenient options for packaging, there is a steadily growing demand for individual packing in customized sizes. Manufacturers are focusing on alternative sustainable food packing that ensures the integrity of the food and minimizes leakage.
Players in the compostable foodservice packaging market are now looking at making inroads into packing for independent foodservice operators and chain cafés, forming the crux of their growth strategies.
Compostable Foodservice Packaging for a Sustainable Future
Sustainability as a trend, is generally considered one that impacts the consumers directly, but has made its way to influence large-scale industrial food packaging as well. The global push for sustainability and the increased inclination to align with sustainability goals has led to players looking at sustainable packaging processes and materials. With the help of new technology and his has led to the increased adoption of paper, bioplastics and compostable packaging while reducing the use of plastic where it can.
This has led to manufacturers in the compostable foodservice packaging market to look into alternative materials that function like plastic, compost but retain plastic’s efficiency.
The deterioration of the environment caused by manmade materials caused by the plastics that are a big chunk of the discarded waste have reached critical levels, negatively impacting the environment. And with consumers becoming environmentally conscious, they are pushing for companies to be environmentally responsible as well, and holding them to account to being their packaging up to scratch. This is creating several opportunities for manufacturers in the compostable foodservice packaging market to move towards sustainable and innovative packaging materials and design to gain a competitive advantage in the industry, and helping create a new sustainable reality with their customers.
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