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    Spoilage Prevention Packaging

    Diversion Potential:
    72K Tons

    Economic Value Per Ton:
    $2,326

    GHGs Reduced:
    329K Tons

    Water Saved:
    44B Gallons

    Definition

    Packaging technologies that actively slow fruit and meat spoilage through ethylene absorption and other techniques

    Challenges

    • Enhanced shelf life and the associated reduction in food waste from spoilage prevention packaging is highly variable for each food type. To prove that the impact is broad, pilots need to be conducted across many product categories.
    • Businesses must pay for the product enhancement, but they may not see the direct savings if shelf life is only extended for consumers.
    • The extent to which consumers will pay more for products with longer shelf life is untested, which may require the extra cost to be borne by the retailer.

    Stakeholder Actions

    • Retailers and manufacturers can use pilots to test consumer willingness to pay higher prices for this packaging along with the cost benefits from extended shelf life.
    • Investors can fund technology innovators to bring down costs and invest in consumer marketing to spur demand.

    Examples & Resources

    • It’s Fresh! uses an ethylene removal technology that can be inserted during packaging of produce to help extend the shelf life.

    • BluWrap uses a controlled atmosphere technology solution to reduce oxygen in protein packages during transit to extend shelf life.

    • Fenugreen FreshPaper sheets are infused with organic spices that keep fruits and veggies fresh 2-4x longer naturally.

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    Consumer Education Campaigns

    Conducting large-scale advocacy campaigns to raise awareness and educate consumers about ways to save money and prevent wasted food...

    $4,531 /ton
    in financial benefit

    584 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    2,336 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    281 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

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    Top Rated Solution:
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    Packaging Adjustments

    Modifying packaging sizes and designs to optimize consumer consumption and avoid residual container waste

    $3,443 /ton
    in financial benefit

    208 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    830 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    100 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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