Food Packaging Facts

Updated April 17, 2017

Packaging is a necessary component of the food industry. Food is transported throughout the country, increasing the need for packaging. Some types of food packaging can be excessive. The majority of the bags, wrappers, bottles, plastic and other material are not recycled and are left to sit in landfills.

Benefits of Food Packaging

Packaging protects food from germs and bruising. The nutritional value and other consumer information is listed on the outside of the package. Packaging also helps to increase the food's shelf life.

Excessive Food Packaging

One example of excessive packaging is tea bags. The tea leaves are sorted into bags, and placed into a box, which is then wrapped in plastic. One approach would be to buy the leaves loosely and use an individual tea strainer.


A possible solution to unnecessary packaging could be to buy food loosely, when possible, like fruits and vegetables. Also choose biodegradable packaging like cardboard, rather than plastic. Do not buy small, individually wrapped items. Instead buy items in one large container, to minimise waste.

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Based in North Carolina, Victoria Thompson has taught middle school for the past 15 years. She holds a Masters of Education in middle school instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches English daily to English as a second language students.