Q1, 2018

Guest Editor, Bob Lilienfeld,

Publisher of The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report


Here's a quick review of current sustainable food service packaging news, with details in the articles listed below:

  • Plastic packaging has allowed many industries, including food service, to do more with less. Over the last 15 years, U.S. per capita generation of packaging declined by 12%, while per capita GDP increased by 14%.

  • Foodservice packaging can help reduce food waste. Famous chefs like Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali describe how poor food preparation planning, rather than packaging, is a leading cause of institutional food waste.

  • Innovative plastics recycling programs are on the rise. The latest examples include programs for black plastic packaging, coffee cups, and EPS.

  • Biopolymers are not a silver bullet. Recent articles point out how they are unsuitable for existing recycling streams, and don't always provide maximum environmental bang for the buck. However, that can change down the road.

  • Interest in local bans continues. The latest discussion regarding bans on food service packaging are in the Minneapolis area.


Time to Fire Up Restaurant Sustainability: Here’s How (Environmental Leader)

Conserving Resources with EPS Food Packaging (Sustainable Brands)

The circle of life - Making plastic packaging more sustainable (Food Science & Technology)

How sustainable is plastics packaging? Here's what the numbers tell us (Plastics Today)

How Much Food Do We Waste? Probably More Than You Think (New York Times)

Tips to avoid food waste from Mario Batali, other top chefs in Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Wasted!’  (Daily News)


Cross-industry group announces plan to boost black plastic packaging recycling (Resource)

Agilyx expands EPS recycling capability (Plastics Today)

Experts say degradable and conventional plastics don’t mix (Resource Recycling)

Trending: Finally, Real Solutions to Tackle Coffee Cup Waste (Sustainable Brands, UK)

Madison County, New York Expands Foam Polystyrene Recycling Program (FPI)

How Recyclable is Foodservice Packaging? (Waste 360)


State of the global-based packaging market (Packaging World Report)

Plastics industry should focus on renewable energy before biopolymers (Environmental Research Web)


Should St. Paul ban to-go food and drink containers that can’t be recycled? (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)

Move over, Soda. Meat could be next on the menu for a special tax. (Food Dive)

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