What does sustainability actually mean? And what are the characteristics of environmentally friendly packaging? Our guide answers these and other questions. You can also find out which materials are suitable for the environmentally friendly gastronomy of the future and why the switch to resource-saving food packaging is particularly worthwhile right now.
What does sustainability mean?
Sustainability is a concept that we encounter in various places in everyday life. For example, sustainable action is demanded by politics and business with regard to environmental protection. Here, the aim is to extract limited raw materials in a controlled manner and to preserve them in the long term - for example, by using as many recycled products (recyclates) as possible. But the idea of sustainability is also playing an increasingly important role in other areas: the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, for example, cover 17 different sub-areas, including topics such as social justice, the rule of law and health policy.
Regardless of which area of life the demand for more sustainability refers to: The focus is always on future viability. Sustainable planning and action is not based solely on the current state, but should contribute to long-term, positive developments. The overriding goal is to create and maintain a world worth living in for all people.
When is packaging environmentally friendly?
The desire for environmentally friendly packaging is also increasing in the gastronomy and food retail sectors. Customers attach great importance to resource-saving enjoyment, preferably without unnecessary waste. Especially in gastronomy, where short-lived service packaging plays a major role, the demand is great. However, it is hardly possible to establish general criteria for "the" environmentally friendly packaging.
Often, only individual ecological aspects are taken into account, such as the resource-saving recyclability of food packaging. However, compostable packaging is also rightly considered sustainable because it is naturally degradable. Pollutant emissions in the course of production and transport also play a role. In the following sections, we present various criteria against which environmentally friendly packaging can be measured.