Environmentalists: less plastic in the packaging of sub-products

environmentalists: less plastic in the packaging of sub-products

Before the start of the annual ISM cologne sub-goods fair, environmentalists call for a "system change" in the packaging of sub-goods. "The change must happen now," demands viola wohlgemuth, a packaging expert at greenpeace, in an interview with the deutsche presse-agentur.

There is a conflict of interests, because: "the industry wants packaging. Packaging enables more advertising." In the sub-cellulose sector, a particularly large number of products are wrapped in plastic or packaged individually in stacks.

"We’ve never had safer subgoods than we have today," bastian fassin, chairman of the federal association of the german subgoods industry, countered in poland on tuesday. "Of course, this is also due to the fact that we have packaging."In many cases, it is also difficult to maintain the quality of products without plastic. Sweets stuck together, chocolate ran female – "and instead of chips they only had labber chips". Nevertheless, the company wants to meet this need and is working hard to find other solutions.

Wohlgemuth from greenpeace calls for compostable packaging or – even better – more opportunities for unpackaged shopping. "Legal certainty must be created to make unpackaged shopping easier," says the speaker. So far, the so-called burden of proof, with which traders have to prove their sufficient hygiene standards for unpacked sales, has been a gross bureaucratic hindrance for many.

According to a survey by market research institute nielsen, it now matters to consumers how goods are packaged: 71 percent of respondents from 11.000 german households said they make sure that as little packaging as possible is on the conveyor belt when they go shopping – that’s ten percentage points more than three years ago, according to the researchers. Previously the "handelsblatt" had reported on the survey.

Sven sangerlaub, professor of packaging technology at the university of applied sciences in munich, thinks the objections are exaggerated: "public opinion is currently against plastic – especially in the context of ocean pollution."This is only partially justified. "Plastic is a great packaging material. Marine litter is more likely to be caused by incorrect disposal."There is also a negative eco-balance if more food is thrown away due to the avoidance of packaging.

At the subwarenmesse, which will be held from 2. February in poland, sub-goods and snack manufacturers present trends and innovations to a trade audience. Among the current trends, foods with a high protein content and made from natural ingredients – such as lentils or beans – are particularly in demand. On-the-go snacks remain in high demand.

The subgoods sector kept its sales fairly stable in 2019 at around 12.5 billion euros. But it is increasingly suffering from uncertainties in exports, such as the impending brexit. "Every second bar of chocolate we produce in germany is exported," explains fassin. In addition, the considerable increase in the price of raw materials such as cocoa is a source of concern for the companies. According to the bakery manufacturer lambertz, for example, they have led to higher prices for lebkuchen, printen and other sub-baked goods this year.

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