StePac Launches Sustainable Packaging Strategy

Food waste is a global epidemic, with almost a third of all food and nearly half of all fresh produce wasted annually. Not only does this create an ethical crisis, with millions suffering food epravation around the world, but it creates an environmental crisis - food waste contributes to about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

StePac four pillared sustainability strategy for fresh produce packaging effectively mitigates the necessity of climate-positive plastic packaging, addressing the critical problem of food waste.

StePac believes in a four-pillar approach for lightening the environmental footprint of plastic packaging. The principles are straightforward:

  1. Only use plastic packaging if it is really needed and has a climate positive effect, i.e. it saves more carbon dioxide emissions than it creates.
  2. Keep it as lean as possible.
  3. Strive for mechanically recyclable packaging.
  4. Chemically recycling should be adopted for those functional films that cannot be replaced by mechanically recyclable alternatives and support a circular economy.

One of our key attributes is that we listen to our customers and are attentive to trends in fresh produce and packaging. This helps us understand where we should invest R&D efforts to develop new and exciting products that bring value to our customers and meet the market trends for more responsible and sustainable plastics.