How to Reduce Plastic Use as a Food Business

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Small farms and gardens are also food supplies businesses and that means that healthy packaging is one of their most important concerns. This usually contains plastic and that can be a problem for those who want an eco-friendly mean since there are few things less eco-friendly than plastic.

There are steps that a business that wants to stay in this area of work need to undertake to mitigate these problems. This in itself isn’t enough so there should also be a plan as to how to convey your intentions in this regards to your customers and the businesses you plan to work with. Marketing matters when it comes to green corporate policy.

Gather data

The first step towards forming any serious company policy is to gather all the relevant data you possibly can on the subject. In this case, that will include how much plastics you’re using now, how much of it is recycled and where you can cut back.

It’s also useful to know how your customers and clients react to your current plastic policy and what would they like to see changed. You don’t have to be guided by public opinion but you should be mindful of it.

Alternative or zero packaging

The first thing you should try to implement is the actual change in the way you pack your products. There are two ways to go when it comes to packing food. With some produce you might consider having no packaging at all when the produce itself allows for it.

Alternatively you may want to consider alternative packaging options. There are many, but the truth is that most of them are more expensive than plastic and often less convenient. You’ll need to factor this into your budget.

Voluntary alternatives

If your main concern isn’t about the cost of the packaging, but of its convenience and will your customers accept it, you should consider voluntary alternatives. That means that you’ll have more than one packing option for your produce.  This is obviously a more costly way of doing things since you need to purchase more packaging than you otherwise would.

At the same time, once you’ve had this policy for a while, you’ll be able to figure out how your customers will react and thus adjust your spending accordingly.

Cross industry partnership

There are ways to reduce your plastic without changing anything on the front facing end of your business, meaning that your customers don’t have to be aware that any change has taken place. This is done simply by going into a partnership with recycling companies and others that could make use of your plastic waste.

These partnership could help not only deal with the plastics produced by a small food company, but also create an additional source of passive income since many businesses want to buy off your plastic waste and put it towards a productive use.

Governmental assistance

There are governmental programs that are there to help those in your situation. It’s done in a variety of different ways, but the most popular is always a tax cut because that’s the most liberating way to help a small company. It allows the business owner to use more of their funds as they please and they are rewarded for reducing their plastic usage.

It’s often complicated and confusing to apply for these assistance programs and that’s why you might need to hire professionals to guide you and assist you. It’s best to start with an accountant and a financial planner.

Promote and inform

A big part of eco-friendly policy is to increase the awareness of your employees, customers and clients. That’s something that needs to be integrated into the policy from day one and linked with your actual actions on the matter. That’s where your environmental team and your PR team need to meet and work together, linked with your actual actions on the matter. That’s where your environmental team and your PR team need to meet and work together.

The customers should know how much plastic you use, how it affects the environment, and what you can do to reduce it without jeopardizing the produce.

Conclusion

A food business needs to use a lot of plastic as packaging. That’s the most clean and the fastest way to pack food in most cases. However, it’s rather damaging to the environment. That’s why most businesses in this industry need to take measures to lower their plastic use.

There are a few steps needed to accomplish it.  Firstly, a business needs to understand its customers and their needs. Secondly, you’ll need to offer alternatives and lastly you’ll need to use the governmental help available for this purpose. This in turn will help you cut down on your use of plastic and keep your customers happy.

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