Edible packaging, which is currently being developed by manufacturers, may extend the shelf life of foods and offer a environmentally safer alternative to traditional aluminum foil or vacuum packaging.
With sales of Keurig coffee-makers and single-serve K-cup coffee and tea pods growing, so are concerns about the packaging, which is not biodegradable and is difficult to recycle because it is made of three materials -- the plastic cup, aluminum foil top and paper filter. "Finding a more environmentally friendly approach to this packaging challenge is a big priority for us," the company says.
Global demand for aluminum could grow as developing countries use more of it for food and beverage packaging, said Philip Martens, president and chief operating officer of Novelis, a maker of aluminum. He said 2 billion people in the next few years will move from poverty to working class, increasing the demand for packaging.
The U.K.'s first factory capable of recycling HDPE resin found in plastic milk bottles could break ground within a year. The Waste and Resources Action Programme, the agency in charge of the plant, is hoping to attract commercial sponsors after the first few successful resin-recycling trials.
Months after the Mohammed cartoon controversy, products from Denmark-based Arla Foods are slowly making their way back onto the shelves of nearly 50% of the 50,000 Middle East markets that stocked them in the past.