On Monday, 19 January over 60 attendees, including Liveryman Annie Hotton who has submitted this report, came to the Environment and Sustainability Group's roundtable event on packaging which was sponsored by INCPEN.
Annie writes that Peter Day, the well-known broadcaster and business correspondent moderated a panel which included Jane Bickerstaffe, Director at INCPEN, Mark Caul, Technical Manager of Packaging at Tesco, Inder Poonaji, Head of Sustainable Development at Nestle and David Baker from RPC – Rigid Plastic Containers Group.
Attendees heard that current estimates are that one third of all food produced in the world goes to waste. Each year 18 million tonnes of food end up in landfill and the cost to the UK is £12bn! Obviously something has to be done! The panellists presented their points of view and outlined what the progress they were making with their packaging technologies to help reduce these terrible statistics. Liveryman Jane Bickerstaffe of INCPEN focused on education in schools with information on food from the point of growth to the table. She explained that the resources invested in growing, making and transporting products is often more than ten times the resources used to make the packaging to protect them. It was a very interesting evening and Annie's report will appear in full in the next edition of Stationers' News so do look out for it.