Unwrapped: How Throwaway Plastic is Failing To Solve Europe’s Food Waste Problem

Lead Organization: Zero Waste Europe, ReThink Plastic, Friends of the Earth Europe, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Author: J.-P. Schweitzer, S. Gionfra, M. Pantzar, D. Mottershead, E. Watkins, F. Petsinaris, P. ten Brink, E. Ptak, C. Lacey, C. Janssens


Europe has an opportunity to reposition our approach to the production, delivery and consumption of food and food packaging. While plastics have some role to play, real reform must be broader in scope. This report shows the need to better examine the limits of plastic packaging in reducing food waste overall, and identifies real innovation among those who eschew all forms of waste.