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Q2, 2019

Guest Editor, Bob Lilienfeld

Publisher, The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report

Well, the trends we spoke about a few months ago are continuing: regulatory pressure on single-use packaging continues, and does so on a virtually global basis. (As discussed in the Treehugger article below, even recycling is coming under fire!)

What’s both interesting and compelling, as you’ll also see below, is that the growth of foodservice continues unabated, given consumers’ appetites for convenient meals with which they are familiar: As you’re probably aware, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, and Taco Bell have all nnounced expanded home delivery service, capitalizing on the efforts begun by the pioneering mealkit companies.

Given these trends, it’s a safe bet that we in the foodservice industry will continue to see more of the following:

  • Bio-based plastics that reduce the use of fossil fuel-based resins and also cut greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Packaging that is compostable through industrial programs, and eventually, even designed for home compostability.

  • The use of materials that were once considered primarily waste products, such as lignin. (Don’t forget about lignin’s plant-based cousin: cellulose. Innovation in cellulosics is intensifying, especially coming from Europe.)

  • The use of completely “off the wall” materials such as algae and seashells.

  • Simplification of structures to be more readily recyclable.

So, here’s a mixture of the latest news. As usual, we pull no punches, and provide you with the good, the bad, the flattering, and the unnerving.



>>> Design for Recycled Content (Sustainable Packaging Coalition)

>>> The Top Eight Things to Know About Biodegradable Packaging (Plastics Today)

>>> Closed Loop Partners Announces NextGen Cup Challenge Winners (Waste 360)

>>> 7 Key Facts about Compostable Foodservice Packaging (Packaging Strategies)



>>> NY lawmaker: Plastic bag ban should include take-out bags (AP)

>>> Maryland legislature advances statewide EPS foam ban bill (Waste Dive)

>>> The End Of Plastic Cutlery, Plates And Straws: EU Market Says Goodbye To Single-Use Plastic Products (Forbes)



>>> McDonald’s bets big on $3B delivery business in 2019 (Nation’s Restaurant News)

>>> Recycling is BS Update: Even aluminum recycling is a mess (treehugger)

>>> Single-serve packaging: the villain? (Greener Package)



If you would like to learn more about the FTC "Green Guides" as well as "Shopping Green", click below:




MYTHS VS. FACT - The truth about foodservice packaging

In an effort to help combat some of the many 'Myths" regarding foodservice packaging that is so prevalent in the media today, FPI (Foodservice Packaging Institute) has created a "Myths Vs. Facts" Guide.  Learn more! click below:

>>> Myths Vs. Facts - The truth about foodservice packaging

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