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Can we climb the sustainability ladder? standard

The seventh in a series written for NZ Food Technology. By Natalie Martin, 3R Group Materials Innovation Manager We all know the well-used mantra of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’, where the three actions are often referred to as equal partners in our bid to reduce environmental harm. However, while recycling is something of an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, reduction and reuse are where the most sustainable outcomes are often created. When it comes to packaging, especially food packaging, this can be challenging considering the role it plays in food safety and quality. The other major issue challenged by reduction and reuse is the convenience consumers expect. Banning plastic bags showed it’s possible to give up some convenience but ...

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