August 16, 2023

Sustainable Packaging: Serving Up a Greener Future in the Catering World

Picture this: you walk into your favourite restaurant, order a delicious meal, and eagerly await its arrival. But what catches your eye isn’t just the mouthwatering dish – it’s the packaging it comes in. The catering industry is undergoing a major makeover, and it’s all about sustainability. Restaurants everywhere are ditching plastic packaging to meet the demands of eco-conscious customers like you. It’s not just a trend; it’s a movement that’s reducing waste right from the start and making packaging more recyclable. Let’s dive into this exciting journey towards greener packaging in the catering world.


Cookie packaging

Source: Myerton Packaging

Choosing the Right Materials: A Packaging Puzzle

Imagine if packaging materials could have a second life – it’s not science fiction, it’s happening! Companies are picking materials that do more than just protect your food; they’re playing a part in saving the planet. Instead of plastic films, many are turning to medium-sized and heavy-duty corrugated cartons, along with moisture-proof and fresh-keeping papers. These choices not only conserve resources but also make recycling a breeze.

But that’s not all – packaging is getting a makeover in the simplicity department too. By using fewer types of materials, the packaging process becomes smoother. This also echoes the sustainable packaging guidelines outlined by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation. With a focus on organics recycling, the goal is to design packaging that optimises compostable material usage, avoiding contaminants that could hinder the recycling/composting process. Educating consumers about proper recovery and disposal methods is equally important.


Chocolate box made from coffee grounds

Source: Myerton Packaging


Green Printing: Changing the Game, One Print at a Time

Custom printing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about sustainability, but it’s playing its part too. Imagine printing that’s not just about colors and patterns – it’s about being eco-friendly. Flexographic printing, a rising star in the printing world, is not only a technical marvel but also an environmental ally. It uses inks that are easy on the planet, and its tech has taken a leap with digital laser engraving. This leap forward is making printing more efficient and less wasteful.

Source:Myerton Packaging


Designing for a Brighter, Greener Tomorrow

Now, let’s talk design – not just the looks, but the feel and the message. Designers are like eco-warriors, fighting for a greener world one packaging at a time. They’re not just considering how things look; they’re thinking about the environment, laws, and what consumers want. Designs are shouting about environmental protection loud and clear – from colors and patterns to shapes and sizes. It’s a language everyone understands, and it’s making a difference.

As the catering industry sets a new table with sustainable food packaging, it’s not just your taste buds that are getting a treat. It’s your conscience too. By supporting restaurants that embrace eco-friendly practices, you’re saying yes to a healthier planet. So next time you enjoy a meal, take a moment to appreciate the custom packaging that’s making a big difference. It’s not just packaging; it’s a promise of a better, greener world for all of us.

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