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Aquapak’s CEO, Mark Lapping recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Food Navigator’s section editor, Oliver Morrison.  They discussed the problem of plastic pollution and how polymers such as Hydropol™ made from polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) can make more headway in the food sector.

The interview came in light of the recent #SacktheSachet campaign launch in London, which urged the food and beverage sector to take responsibility for the problem of plastic sachet pollution after it revealed that as many as 855bn plastic sachets are used every year by food and home care brands. The Ellen Macarthur Foundation also updated the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans at 12m million tonnes per year and rising.

Mark explained that recycling wasn’t the only solution to the plastic pollution problem., especially as currently three billion people on this planet have no waste management system, He said,, “We need to do something, and we need to do it better,” he added. “People want to help, but they are very confused, and need practical solutions to find a way forward.”

One solution available to the food sector is to use PVOH-based packaging (such as Hydropol™) as it is recognised as being soluble in water, marine safe and non-toxic, and one that is both 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable. So if, in the worst-case scenario, your packaging leaks into the environment after usage, it will disappear naturally by dissolving and biodegrading, without breaking down into harmful microplastics, in the ocean, fresh water or on land.

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