On May 9, the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) will participate in the special event International Coalition Bio-based Packaging: A Green Food Saver at the 2014 Interpack trade fair held in Düsseldorf, Germany. ICFPA is partnering on the event with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Technology Research Centre of Finland (VTT).
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“Paper-based packaging plays an important role in minimizing food waste,” said ICFPA President Donna Harman. “By providing bio-based means to transport, protect and preserve food, our industry is helping to meet the needs of the growing global population.”
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Paper-based packaging is made from a renewable resource – well-managed forests – and delivers a sustainable packaging option to bring food from the field to the home safely and in excellent condition: corrugated boxes protect food when it is shipped to stores; paperboard is used to package food for efficient stocking and display; and paper bags give customers an environmentally-friendly way to transport their purchases.
In addition, new and innovative paper-based packaging is continuously developed to increase functional use – including optimal food preservation – and to better serve consumers.
Paper and paper-based packaging industries around the world make great efforts to recover, and increase recovery of, their products for recycling. Independent data indicate that the global recovery rate for corrugated paperboard packaging is approaching 90 percent.
“On top of that our sector’s use of natural, renewable bio-based resources together with our knowledge of paper recycling systems, fiber processing and of wood and fiber chemistry qualifies us as a major player in the bio-economy. Well-positioning the paper-based packaging sector for the future, “stressed Teresa Presas, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), member of the ICFPA.
The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. Together, ICFPA members represent nearly 90 percent of global paper production and 50 percent of global wood production.
CEPI is a Brussels-based non-profit organization regrouping the European pulp and paper industry in 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway). CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills.