New infographic highlights the risk hazardous chemicals pose to the ability to reuse and recycle food packaging
Last week an infographic illustrating the potential harm that hazardous chemicals in food packaging can cause was published by the Health and Environment Alliance, Zero Waste Europe, CHEM Trust and Client Earth. The infographic highlights how harmful chemicals used in the processing and packaging of our food are not removed during the recycling process and that these processes might actually increase concentrations of the substances.
The infographic underlines how important recycling food packaging is for wider sustainability imperatives, but crucially, that we need to ensure harmful chemicals that can contribute to cancer, reproductive disorders and hormone disruption are not in food packaging in the first place. To make this a reality, we need action from the EU to ensure food packaging is safe to use, reuse and recycle. The infographic highlights key policies needed from the EU to act on harmful chemicals in food packaging.
The illustration is part of a series launched by the NGOs. Click here to view the first infographic on harmful chemicals in food packaging. And click here to read more on CHEM Trust’s work on harmful chemicals in food packaging.