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Packaging Reduces Food Waste, Enriches Diets of the Needy

Food bank uses Dow’s breathable film that’s at-store recyclable to preserve the shelf life of donated produce up to four times longer.

Practices and packaging that help reduce food waste are excellent choices. In late August, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics hosted a virtual tour of the Produce Rescue Center, a collaboration between Dow and Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) in the Houston area. Dow sponsors the Produce Rescue Center.

The two organizations are collaborating to help the local Houston community by delivering fresh produce in the best possible condition to those in need.

Dow also provided MCFB with the equipment needed to wrap out-of-spec – but still edible and nutritious – produce that would have gone to a landfill. This keeps it fresh for longer, allowing the food bank to deliver higher quality food to more people over greater distances. Produce that isn’t edible is sent to a local composting facility instead of going to landfill, and the plastic packaging can be recycled via the Store Drop-Off program.

This permits a shelf-life extension such that a head of Romaine lettuce, for example, that typically lasts 5-6 days will stay edible for 20-25 days.

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