• Single-use plastics are a one-way form of waste that results in environmental problems with little benefit for consumers. In fact, some forms of single-use packaging can add significant amounts to the price of goods
• Incentivising the use of reusable packaging requires added value compared to single-use plastics. That could be in terms of quality, ease of use, consumer savings over time, or other innovations schemes that improve the customer experience.
• Politicians and industry leaders have a key role to play in driving the societal shift away from single-use plastics toward reusable packaging, due to their influence and resources
• Material science innovations can reduce the amount of raw material needed for plastics packaging while improving the utility of products
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Crafting a Chocolate Revolution: Sustainability, Ethics, and Flavour in the Chocolate IndustrySummary: In this episode of the Food Fight podcast, Matt Eastland delves into the world of chocolate and its sustainability issues. The European chocolate market, valued at 42 billion euros in 2022, is growing rapidly. Spencer Hyman, co-founder of Cocoa Runners, shares insights on craft chocolate and ethical production practices. As consumers question the environmental impact of chocolate, the discussion explores how to enjoy chocolate sustainably.
In this episode of the Food Fight podcast, host Matt Eastland is joined by EIT Food’s new CEO, Richard Zaltzman. At the heart of Richard’s approach is the concept of regenerative leadership, which can create the culture for tackling systemic issues within the food system. In a wide-ranging conversation, Richard describes his personal journey to agrifood leadership and what he views as the biggest challenges in the food system. Looking to the future, he discusses transformative ideas and novel business models, and how everybody can be part of this journey.
In this episode of the Food Fight podcast, host Matt Eastland welcomes back Ben Ebbrell, co-founder of Sorted Food, to discuss the importance of online food communities and their role in improving our food. They explore how social media can serve as a source of consumer and product insights, and how AI software can be used to harness these insights and create better food products. Tune in to learn more about the potential of harnessing online communities' power to improve our food.