Advantages & Disadvantages of Food Packaging



Based in London, Thomas Williams has been professionally writing health-related articles for more than 10 years. His articles appeared in ” Nottingham Evening Post.” Williams is a Masters holder in Clinical Science from the University of Liverpool.


According to Duke University researchers Patrick Reaves and Michael Nolan, consumer packaging accounts for the largest amount of plastic and paper waste, which forms 20 percent of all landfills. Disposing food packaging reintroduces waste into the ecosystem, which has negative effects. Chelsea Rochman from the University of California at Davis explains that a majority of the waste is dangerous. For example, plastic is full of toxins that are either carcinogenic or affect the reproductive system. Additionally, most packaging is not biodegradable and affects the existence of both humans and animals, including marine life.


Food packaging increases the cost of food. According to The Site, packaging may account for 10 percent to 50 percent of the prices of food items. The need for smaller packaging that meets federal and health standards further increases the production cost, which manufacturers transfer to the consumer. Additionally, the storage and transportation of food in smaller packaging is more costly than in bulk.