Reasons Why a Public Private Partnership for the Discovery of New Food Packaging Materials should be Established

On December 15, 2022, Jack Cooper, Executive Director of the Animal Digestible Food Packaging Initiative www.adfpi.org presented a fifteen-minute PowerPoint during the concluding session of the three day virtual Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IANFS) Science Innovation Showcase https://iafns.org/event/2022-showcase/ – He commented that for the following reasons the food industry should establish a public private partnership for the discovery of new food packaging materials: food packaging is finding its way to land and waterways where it is left to naturally degrade into macro, micro and incidental nano size particles; governments around the world are developing new laws addressing packaging waste; consumers are increasingly applying Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors to the companies from which they purchase consumer products and investors are applying ESG factors in their decision-making process; lawsuits against companies for alleged false marketing claims; recycling difficulties; and constant social and mainstream media attention – #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics #Recycling @IAFNS_science