Europe’s Convenience Food Packaging Association

Environmental benefits

Consumers expect food and drink suppliers to make sound environmental choices about what they offer, including packaging.

Single use packaging provides responsible solutions when balancing consumer and operator convenience, hygiene and safety requirements. We aim to source materials and manufacture products sustainably. We are committed to promoting out-of-home collection of our products after use and to litter prevention.

Single use service and convenience packaging avoids the energy, water and detergent usage associated with reusable crockery and cutlery. When disposed of properly, our products can be recovered as a new resource.

It’s simple - modern single use service and convenience packaging from Pack2Go Europe companies provide environmentally responsible options for today’s needs.

Environmental challenges...
Society must cut the emissions that lead to climate change caused by modern consumption, reduce the use of resources, cut waste, reuse and recycle, where appropriate. Modern packaging provides part of the solution, helping make today’s way of life more sustainable.

Pack2Go Europe companies...

  • source sustainably and use recycled materials where technology allows
  • reduce the energy consumption and emissions of their factories
  • reduce downstream impacts of their products through innovative design and actions promoting end-of-life collection and litter prevention

Cutting waste...
The EU packaging and packaging waste directive ensures that used packaging is collected and turned into a new resource. Avoiding food waste is today’s challenge. The European Commission estimates that annual food waste in the EU is 179 kg per capita. Food waste would be much higher without packaging which preserves and protects. Saving food saves energy and cuts emissions.

The food not the package...
The environmental impact of food production and distribution is far higher than packaging. Production and transport of packaging accounts for only 10% of the total impact on the environment (from farm to consumer) of one person’s weekly consumption of food. Only about 10% of the energy needed to put food on our tables is used up in the packaging element.

Single use versus reusables...
There is no strong environmental case against single use solutions where they make most sense (e.g. out-of-home and on-the-go consumption where practicality, convenience and hygiene are key) and when they are disposed of appropriately after use and can be recovered or recycled.

A 2007 study by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) shows that disposable (vending) cups, when recycled, are generally less harmful to the environment than their porcelain or earthenware alternatives. The washing involved in reusable systems is the factor with the most environmental impact, offsetting the environmental gains of reusing a ceramic cup or mug. Moreover, the ceramic alternative requires significant energy input when manufactured.