Sustainability

Sustainability Committee

WPO believes that packaging contributes to Sustainability. Packaging preserves the product and thus all the environmental efforts put into its production and delivery. This is well documented in several position papers issued by the WPO. The packaging industry has also been looking at source reduction, both in production and the packaging itself. During the past 20 years remarkable achievements have been made, thus making packaging even more environmentally efficient. Well optimized packaging provides environmental benefit.

A lot of emphasis has been put on the packaging waste issue. In the developed countries much of the collection and recycling issues have been resolved, but the littering issue is unfortunately a social problem which cannot be solved by any collection system.

Good packaging provides hygienic food around the world. The packaging industry has also made efforts in chemical safety to meet stringent regulation.

WPO also supports the Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability, GPPS 2.0, which gives excellent guidance in performing any environmental comparison.

The Sustainability Award, judged and produced by WPO is a step in the right direction in rewarding new innovation supporting the development of even more sustainable packaging.

The 2014 Sustainability shortlisted entries have now been selected – read more.
More info at www.worldstar.org

Process and Criteria for Awarding World Star “Save Food Packaging”

(July 2015)

Introduction

One third of all food is either wasted or lost – an amount that would be enough to meet global food needs. A growing world population needs sufficient food. Over 840 million people are starving today. To feed them adequately, food production under the existing conditions needs to increase significantly. This would require more arable land, more water consumption, more animal feed and more fertilizers and have significant adverse effects on the environment.

Curbing and minimizing food loss and waste can considerably limit the scope of additional resource requirements because a quarter of the food that is currently lost and wasted would already be sufficient to feed the starving world population. About 1.3 billion tons of food is actually thrown away each year, either because it spoils due to incorrect storage or inappropriate transport methods or because it no longer meets the standards of the trade and consumers. Furthermore, a lot of food is not eaten by consumers because, for example, the quantities purchased by them are too large. Studies have shown that in less developed countries food tends to be lost at pre-harvest, harvest and initial handling phase. With increasing development food waste tends to move up the distribution chain to retail and consumption level. Here food is more likely thrown away when still edible.

Using existing capacities is in every respect a more expedient alternative here. This benefits the environment too: the carbon footprint of food lost worldwide each year is the equivalent of about 3.3 gigatons of CO2. Compared with the emissions of individual countries, only the carbon footprint caused each year by the USA respectively China is higher.

FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) presented two fundamental studies on the scale and reasons for food loss in different regions of the world in 2011. These studies highlighted the role of packaging in preventing such loss in order to gain further understanding on how to secure a global resource-conserving food supply. An essential element is the use of expertise from the packaging and process industry. Efficient logistics are the key to minimizing food loss effectively on route to trade and consumers. This includes state-of-the-art processing methods as well as intelligent packaging systems which ensure comprehensive protection.

Possible packaging solutions:

  • Appropriate packaging
  • Appropriate materials
  • Modern packaging such as active and intelligent packaging
  • Portion sized packaging
  • Re-closable packaging
  • Convenient packaging
  • Hygienic processing and packaging

WPO World Star “Save Food Packaging” Special Award

In cooperation with Save Food Initiative and Interpack, WPO organizes a World Star “Save Food Packaging” Special Award to highlight the role of packaging in preventing food losses and food waste. We call for smart and sustainable packaging concepts to improve the supply of food to a growing global population.

Awarding Process

  1. At the time of entry for the regular WorldStar competition, candidates will indicate that they also want to be considered for the “Save Food Packaging Award”. Therefore, each WorldStar winner that chooses this option will be automatically considered for judging for the “Save Food Packaging Award”.
  2. Each entrant will complete a separate form that addresses each of the “Save Food Packaging” Award’s criteria. The information provided by the candidates on this form should demonstrate why their package should receive a “Save Food Packaging” Award, using measurable and supportable information.   
  3. A candidate for a “Save Food Packaging” Award must first qualify as a winner of a WorldStar Award.
  4. Evaluation of the candidates will be done by members of the Sustainability Committee. The Sustainability Committee will evaluate these write-ups, weigh them in a quantitative way and score each submission. Committee member evaluations will be completed in 30 days and returned to the manager of the awards program, for compilation.
  5. Winners will be announced within 90 days after the regular WorldStar judging meeting, giving winners enough time to plan to travel to the Awards ceremony if they wish to do so.
  6. Winners will be presented in a first and exclusive worldwide exhibition of packaging solutions to realize “save food” on Interpack 2017.

Criteria:

Criteria

Examples:

  1. The packaging solution has shown to reduce food losses or food waste in a relevant amount.

Technical solutions can be e.g. appropriate packaging(-materials), active and intelligent packaging, Portion sized packaging, re-closable packaging, convenient packaging, hygienic processing and packaging

  1. Appropriateness, adequacy, convenience

The shown packaging solution fits to the field off application/culture/status of development, where it is used. It is convenience to its users.

  1. Feasibility

It can be shown, that the packaging solution is already successful on the market or very likely to be feasible.

  1. Sustainability

The packaging itself is also optimized in meanings of sustainable packaging (e.g. Green Seal, ISO 14001,…). Please be aware, that the sustainability of a package should be judged on the combination packaging + filling good.

“As little as possible, as much as necessary.”

  1. Communicates to consumers that the package is saving food or reducing food losses/food waste.

Display of certificate on package, promotes proper way to save food. Relevant and credible save-food-claims. Creating awareness.

  1. Benefit to Society/Community

Efforts have been made to educate (end-)users on the value of save-food-practices.

 

Scoring Scheme

The scoring scheme is based on the Committee response to the information provided by the candidate and whether the candidate’s claims agree with the criteria. Points would be awarded in each of the 6 categories as follows:

Disagree *

Agree

 

Strongly Agree

 

0

1

2

 

* Disagree could include no response to a criteria (criteria left empty or not adequate).

Total scores will be divided by 6. Winners would have to pass a threshold score of an average of 1.0 or higher in order to be eligible for WPO’s “Save Food Packaging” Award.

All entries which score 1.0 or above will receive an “Honorable Mention” certificate.

The top 3 winners, by score, will receive the following awards:

1st Place:

Gold

2nd Place:

Silver

3rd Place:

Bronze

 

In case there is a tie, there could be additional winners in each category i.e. 2 gold, silver or bronze.

Following is an example of how the scoring could go:

Criteria: ð

1

2

3

4

5

6

Total

Average

Candidate: ò

               

#1

1

2

0

2

1

0

6

1,00

#2

2

2

2

2

1

1

10

1,67

#3

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

0,33

#4

1

1

2

1

2

1

8

1,33

#5

0

1

1

1

1

0

4

0,67

 

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