Making the Food Industry More Sustainable & Energy Efficient
Sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturers and major food retailers is at the core of everything we do here at TrakRap. As one of the largest industries in the world, the food industry creates a substantial amount of waste – much of which is packaging – and has an incredibly high carbon footprint as consumer tastes have grown more and more exotic. However, waste is not the only “green” issue in the food industry as its heavy energy use also impacts the environment negatively, making energy efficiency a hot topic amongst companies in the sector.
Reducing waste and energy consumption are important not only because of the damage done to the planet otherwise, but doing so is also good business sense as improving energy efficiency and reducing waste can make businesses more profitable by reducing their outgoing costs.
Better for the planet and better for business, but what can the food industry do to be more energy efficient?
Like any industry, the food sector must look at which areas are the least energy efficient as this is where changes will have the most impact. Currently, one of the most energy intensive processes in food processing and manufacturing is packaging. Both food and drink manufacturers still rely heavily on shrink-wrapping and similarly dated methods that generate large amounts of waste and require heavy energy consumption.
Shrink-wrapping, for example, is often used to wrap items individually – creating unnecessary waste – and requires the use of heat to mould it to the product, making it both an energy intensive process and one that is unsustainable.
How the Food Industry Can Benefit from Being Bore Energy Efficient and Sustainable
Despite the current energy consumption of packaging solutions and the waste they produce, there is plenty of good news when it comes to end of line packaging. We have worked hard to create our TrakRap machine which does away with the need to use heat. Furthermore, it can reduce the current energy consumption of the packaging process by up to 90% and reduce material usage by as much as 70%.
Not only does the use of our machine benefit businesses in the food industry by reducing waste and energy consumption, but it also supports companies who want to improve their sustainability; something which is increasingly important to both end consumers, and business partners.
While the food industry is well-known for its conservative nature and adversity to high-risk changes, when you consider the benefits of sustainable business practices and improving energy efficiency it seems like a no-brainer! Doing so benefits both the planet and the company itself.
To find out more about how TrakRap can help your company go green, take a look our current range of systems and solutions.