Feds fund sustainable packaging research

The Canadian government is giving up to $376,200 to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) under the Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP).

The funding will be used for a national pilot project exploring ways for industry to shift towards sustainable packaging design and material options that will improve recyclability or compostability.

The project will help industry understand and characterize the food and produce packaging system in Canada, assess the impacts of various packaging options and create a plan to roll out new materials. Manufacturers, packaging producers, retailers and recycling facilities will take part in the development of viable sustainable packaging options.

“This project looks to promote systems thinking and innovation that will help shape food and produce packaging pathways which enable the migration to fully sustainable food and produce packaging in Canada,” said Ron Lemaire, president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.

“The benefits are beyond environmental sustainability, and include the development of a new packaging circular economy, leverage composting systems across Canada, and enhance industry alignment with leading sustainable packaging in food and produce.”

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is a not-for-profit organization representing companies that market fresh fruits and vegetables in Canada.