The Rethink Plastic alliance, in collaboration with a coalition of 81 organizations, is advocating for the integration of effective reuse systems into the European Union’s (EU’s) Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation. This push aims to mitigate waste produced by single-use plastic takeaway packaging. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about the collective’s push for the transition towards reusable packaging in the food packaging industry, asserting that it has significant environmental and financial benefits. The Rethink Plastic alliance provides a factsheet offering seven reasons why reusable takeaway packaging is a sustainable alternative to single-use options, including that it is more climate-friendly in terms of water consumption. The factsheet also brings attention to the issues of paper packaging, asserting that it can have a significant toll on forest resources and is not always recyclable due to contamination by food or coatings of plastic and aluminum. The team appreciates the alliance’s goals but points out that reusable packaging is only more sustainable if they are reused multiple times.
Also in this episode, Sydney talks about BetterBrand’s introduction of two new flavors of its flagship product, The Better Bagel. The unveiling of “The Pretzel” and “The Sesame” marks the continued expansion of the company’s product line, joining the existing flavors of “The Classic,” “The Everything,” “The Cinnamon” and “The Chocolate Chip.” The Better Bagel has revolutionized the bread aisle with its innovative “grain-changing” technology. This tech replaces ingredients found in traditional bagels and bread that contribute to high refined carb content with healthier alternatives. The Better Bagel is not only a triumph of food technology, but also a testament to BetterBrand’s commitment to nutrition. Each bagel has the net carb equivalent of two slices of a banana, but with 250 percent more protein, 90 percent fewer carbs and no added sugar compared to an average store-bought bagel. The success of The Better Bagel reflects the growing market demand for low-carb and keto-friendly products. The team is impressed by BetterBrand’s reinvention of a classic breakfast food and Sarah explains the food science behind The Better Bagel.
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