APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging, of which ArcelorMittal is a member, shared a report from the European Parliament’s on the subject of: “Resource efficiency: reducing food waste, improving food safety”.
This report attracts attention to the scale of food waste in Europe, estimated at 88 million tonnes. It is a call for all actors in the value chain, including packaging material suppliers, to take responsibility for reducing this waste.
Steel is the most recycled material in Europe, thus we are direct contributors to the improvement necessary in this filed. The added value of packaging that can be recycled, and its contribution to wider environmental and resource efficiency is recognised:
“Packaging materials have an important role to play by protecting products and extending their shelf life”, commented Alexis Van Maercke, secretary general of APEAL.
“Steel packaging in particular is impact resistant, puncture resistant and virtually unbreakable with a unique 100% barrier against light, water and air that protects products from damage or spoilage. Requiring no energy during transport or storage, steel packaging protects products for up to 5 years,” he added.
Cans made of steel can protect valuable minerals and nutrients in vegetables, so not only using steel for food packaging contributes to sustainability, the food itself is better protected.