Food in Canada feature: Green alternatives to single-use plastic

replace single use plastic with plant based packaging

Consumers are demanding more sustainable solutions, and some are even willing to pay a premium for products delivering on sustainability claims.

In 2021, the E.U., several U.S. states, and other countries including Canada pledged to ban single-use plastics and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) or ‘forever chemicals’ that are added to food packaging, and for good reason. An alarming 380 million tons of plastic are produced every year and the COVID-19 pandemic only made things worse. It’s estimated that the use of single-use plastics soared by 250 to 300 per cent worldwide during COVID-19.

The food packaging industry is at a crossroads. Nearly 40 percent of plastic used across the world comes from packaging, and often this waste is not recyclable. In fact, it’s estimated that less than 10 percent of plastic has been recycled since 1950. In the near future, eco-friendly packaging will be a necessity.

What are the options for green packaging? 

Our founder and CEO, Douglas Horne, shares how the packaging industry is shifting to plant-based alternatives and using a circular economy approach in our feature in Food in Canada Magazine. Read the article.