Introduction: In the realm of food packaging, one term that has been gaining attention for its environmental impact is PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These chemicals, often used to enhance the resilience of packaging to oils and heat, have raised concerns due to their persistence in the environment. In this blog post, we delve into the nature of PFAS and explore Apco’s commendable Action Plan to phase out PFAS in their fibre-based food contact packaging.
Understanding PFAS: PFAS encompass a group of several thousand fluorinated compounds characterized by strong chemical bonds. These bonds make PFAS chemicals desirable for various applications, including their use in food contact packaging. However, the downside is that PFAS are highly resistant to degradation in the environment, raising concerns about their potential as environmental pollutants.
Apco’s Stance on PFAS: In contrast to some companies that incorporate PFAS into their packaging for enhanced resilience, Apco takes a principled stand. Apco does not add any PFAS to their trays, emphasizing their commitment to producing packaging that is both functional and environmentally responsible. What’s even more noteworthy is Apco’s forward-thinking approach— they have gone a step further by actively working towards completely removing PFAS from their entire range of products.
Apco’s Action Plan: To gain insight into Apco’s comprehensive plan for phasing out PFAS in fibre-based food contact packaging, you can refer to their full Action Plan document. The plan outlines strategic steps, initiatives, and timelines aimed at transitioning away from PFAS, ensuring that their products align with sustainable and eco-friendly practices. For those interested in the details, the full Action Plan is available for review here.
Conclusion: Apco’s commitment to phasing out PFAS from their fibre-based food contact packaging is a commendable step towards a greener and more sustainable future. As consumers, it is crucial to be informed about the environmental impact of packaging materials and support companies that prioritize eco-friendly practices. Apco’s Action Plan serves as an inspiring example for the industry, demonstrating that proactive measures can be taken to address environmental concerns and contribute to a healthier planet.