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 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 - 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