Paper or plastic? 6 sustainable foodservice packaging options for both

By Rick Lingle in Sustainable Packaging on May 13, 2019

Novolex product lines are seamlessly aligned with the ongoing foodservice packaging shift toward sustainable solutions.


Consumers’ appetite for foodservice convenience at restaurants of all types—casual, quick-serve and takeaway—and for catering services continues. According to a report from Markets and Markets, the overall foodservice packaging market is projected to grow from $62.6 billion in 2016 to $84.3 billion by 2021, a CAGR of 5.2% over the period 2017-2022. In offering heat resistance, preventing the growth of microorganisms and helping extend the shelf-life of the food products, the packaging is designed to maintaining the hygiene, quality, and safety of food products at an economical price.

A key trend is the increase in regulations to ensure that the raw materials used are recyclable, such as plastic, paper and paperboard, and cellulose, the study reports, noting that the challenge is that these sustainable materials are often higher in cost higher than their non-biodegradable counterparts.

Packaging supplier Novolex is at the center of this dynamic and increasingly eco-sensitive market. The company’s Adrianne Tipton, Ph.D., vice president of innovation, is a plastic and paper industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience in R&D. Tipton serves as a guide through a selection of the company’s portfolio that encompasses recyclable and compostable options in paper- and plastic-based packaging.

First up is a pair of fresh solutions featuring a tamper-evident carryout bag.


A whole lot of food for thought for packaging will be found at PackEx Toronto June 4-6, 2019, where innovative ideas in containers and design, the latest machinery and automation solutions and free education at Centre Stage will be available. For more information, visit PackEx Toronto. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Rick Lingle

Rick Lingle is senior technical editor of Packaging Digest. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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