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FPInnovations on opportunities for fibre-based food-service packaging

FPInnovations Blog
January 10, 2019
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Most of us have done it at one point—leave a take-out restaurant or café with our order in a plastic bag or in a polystyrene (PS) foam container, but times are changing and more consumers are willing to adapt their habits in the interest of protecting the environment. …In a recent online survey of 3,000 North American consumers commissioned by FPInnovations, 33 percent of consumers said they try to refrain from buying a product that is packaged in PS foam because they believe it is bad for the environment… Seventy percent of consumers aged between 18 and 35 said they would be willing to pay a premium for a paper-based single-use food container. …FPInnovations researchers are investigating the feasibility of recyclable and biodegradable fibre-based packaging replacing PS foam and single-use plastic products. …The survey demonstrates there is consumer interest and will to support … fibre-based single-use restaurant packaging.

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