FMN | August 19th, 2019

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August 19, 2019

Consumers Drive Sustainable Packaging

TLMI Addresses Climate Change

For the first time in the association’s history, TLMI has released Position Statements encompassing the areas of Sustainable Consumption and Pro- duction, and Climate Change. Follow- ing the board of directors meeting earlier this year, an official structure and process was put in place to cre- ate and adopt Position Statements on topics the association believes are important to its members. Making A Statement According to the board-approved process, positions adopted by TLMI and statements issued on behalf of the membership must be based on sound scientific knowledge and re- flect the interests of TLMI member- ship as a whole. The Sustainable Consumption and Production Position Statement sum- marizes that the association believes that industries, businesses, and con- sumers must move toward sustain- able patterns of consumption and production. The statement outlines

by Tom Egan, PMMI

T he public’s pulse on environmental issues — including the depletion of natural resources and increase in food waste — continues to drive demand for sustainable products, accord- ing to “Global Trends Impacting Packaging Machinery,” a 2018 report from PMMI,TheAssociation for Packaging and Processing

Technologies. As a result, the number of innovative foods that are sustainably sourced and packaged has grown. In addition, heightened corporate social responsibility, firmer regulations and heavier taxes related to the protection of the environment are driving investment in solutions that optimize the use of resources and minimize environmental distress, ac- cording to PMMI’s report. Sustainability is a mainstay today, and it is affecting the supply chain from crop to consumer. Companies today are utilizing their innovative arms to fuel ideas to combat the food waste epidemic and enact sustainable solutions. Consequently, new products are being derived from foods that would otherwise wind up discarded or relegated to scraps. Take for example, the cold-pressed juice Wtrmln Wtr, founded on the premise of creating juice out of watermelon deemed too unattractive for sale as produce.

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