In the ever-growing and changing world of consumption, it has become essential to re-examine how we package food. Especially now, as the call for sustainability grows louder. A groundbreaking study, titled 'Well Packaged', has shed light on the most pressing dilemmas in sustainable packaging, presenting us with nine fundamental rules for its effective implementation.
This research, a collaboration between HAS Green Academy, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, primarily focused on the packaging of vegetables, fruits, ready-to-eat meals, and portion packs. The aim? To discover innovative and environmentally-friendly product-packaging combinations.
These institutions identified eleven key sustainability dilemmas businesses grapple with. Examples include balancing perceived and calculated sustainability, or the choice between preventing food waste and using fewer packages.
From this in-depth research, nine golden rules for sustainable packaging emerged:
KIDV played a pivotal role in this research, providing students and researchers with essential knowledge and tools. With these insights and guidelines, the path to a more sustainable packaging landscape has never been clearer.
Read the complete publication. (Dutch only)