Q3, 2018

Guest Editor, Bob Lilienfeld

Publisher, The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report


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

  • Consumers, the media, and regulators remain focused on reducing the use of single-use foodservice packaging that can only be landfilled. Straws are the current target. Disposable cups are also in the crosshairsReuse, recyclability, compostability, and sourcing from plant-based materials are all considered to be viable sustainability strategies. Product lines such as EarthChoice continue to see strong interest and growth potential.  


  • Millennials are particularly interested in sustainable packaging innovations and messaging. Thus, sustainable packaging can play a significant role in building brand value and product appreciation. In fact, studies indicate that sustainable packaging can translate into positive perceptions regarding the quality and wholesomeness of the food packed within.


  • Packaging has a strong role to play in the desire to reduce food waste. This is especially valuable as home delivery from restaurants takes share away from both traditional supermarket sales and newer meal delivery services. Innovative to-go packaging that helps provide portion control, ease of preparation, reheat/reuse instructions, and other food waste reduction opportunities should see considerable growth in the future.


How Overproduction is Food Waste’s Biggest Culprit and Opportunity (Waste 360)

Chipotle Commits to Reducing Waste (Fast Casual)


Pressure group challenges foodservice giants on cups (Plastics News)

6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong (NY Times)

FPI is pleased to announce the launch of, a new website dedicated to recycling and composting of foodservice packaging in California


Fast food chains, e-commerce ‘revolutionizing’ foodservice packaging (Packaging World)


Long Beach Bans Plastic Foam Containers to Promote Environmental Sustainability (KTLA 5)

New bill would ban plastic straws in all NYC bars and restaurants (Timeout NY)

 First, Plastic Bags. Now, Plastic Straw Bans Are Prompting Restaurants To Look At Alternatives (Forbes)


How to service up packaging that’s a natural fit for millennials (QSR)

Restaurant delivery services are a growing challenge for supermarkets (Food Dive)

Are GS1-128 barcodes on course to be the preferred standard? (Packaging Europe)


The $180 Steak Sandwich Has Arrived in New York City (Robb Report)

These states have the highest concentration of fast-food restaurants in America (Business Insider)

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