We do not believe we will ever see a future where the food industry goes entirely plastic free. The achievable and sustainable future we see is one where the industry is utilising alternatives to single use plastics, made not from petrochemicals, but from truly biodegradable oils and sustainable plant matter.
However, there has been a lot of confusion over the true definitions of alternatives such as biodegradable and compostable, which has muddied the waters and meant that we haven’t quite reached the level of joined-up thinking across the industry to force change as yet. It will also be a few more years until we can be more certain on cost implications – as volume goes up, price comes down so current pricings are meaningless.
We should nonetheless start seeking out alternatives now. We should be conducting testing to make sure the materials perform in our machines and deliver an acceptable level of protection for the product.