The summit explored sustainability in the food industry, including adoption rates of ethical labelling schemes, re-directing food waste, and ‘green’ packaging materials available on the market.
Figures show lunch on-the-go alone creates 11 billion packaging waste items annually in the UK.
Some new plastic alternatives were presented at the summit, such as Agrana creating thermoplastic starch from plant sugars, and Austrian firm VPZ taking
cellulose from wood to make PackNatur, which is used in net packaging.
Clare McKeown, market development manager at compostable and renewable flexible packaging films manufacturer Futamura, set the scene for food plastics by insisting that packaging which is contaminated by food is often not recycled.