As the world’s population anticipates growth to 9 billion people by 2050, as estimated in a UN DESA report, and the Food Aid Foundation records that some 795 million people currently go hungry, pressure placed on food manufacturers to increase production is soaring through the roof. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations underscores, however, that 1.3 billion tonnes of food are either lost or wasted annually, and, just in April 2018, The Guardian shocked readers with the appalling revelation that Americans waste 150,000 tonnes of food every single day. Not only does the modern-day
consumerist and throwaway attitude demonstrate a disturbing oblivion to critical cases of starvation worldwide, but the environmental impact is also catastrophic, as rotting food saturates landfills, producing methane which in turn fuels global warming. Whilst food packaging is increasingly shunned into the shadow of notoriety, it is evident that a trade-off is necessary, as development in packaging design is being recognised more and more as the way forward in the fight to reduce food waste.