In recent years, China's catering takeaway industry has developed rapidly. It is understood that in 2018, the Internet catering market reached 112.5% year-on-year growth. But most of the usual takeout packaging is mainly plastic, and the rapidly expanding takeout market has also brought a lot of pressure to the environment. In order to reduce environmental pollution, degradable granular packaging is becoming a new trend in takeaway packaging industry, and paper lunch box is one of them.
China's takeout industry started earlier, and takeout packaging has changed a lot. Generally speaking, takeaway packaging in China has experienced three stages: foamed lunch boxes - PP plastic tableware - degradable paper lunch boxes.
One: Foamed lunch box
Takeout is carried out by food packaging. The appearance of foamed lunch boxes has changed the situation of food packaging in plastic bags. After the launch of takeout, foamed lunch boxes have naturally become the first choice of many takeout vendors. The advantages of convenience and beauty make foamed lunch boxes gradually occupy the catering takeout market. According to the data of China Plastic Processing Industry Association, by the end of the 1990s, the production of foamed lunch boxes had reached 5 billion, and a large number of them were exported to the United States, Europe and South Africa.
2: PP plastic tableware
With the arrival of takeout period, the demand for takeout packaging has become higher and higher. Because of its high temperature resistance and consolidation, PP plastic tableware has rapidly become a new favorite of takeout packaging. But whether it is foamed lunch boxes or PP plastic tableware, they can not escape the essence of "plastic".
3. Degradable granular paper lunch boxes
With the increasing awareness of environmental protection, degradable paper lunch boxes began to enter the takeaway packaging market. From the point of view of environmental protection, paper lunch boxes are easy to degrade and have less environmental pollution; from the point of view of safe ingredients, paper lunch boxes are non-toxic and harmless; from the point of view of packaging texture, paper lunch boxes make takeout appear higher-end and more quality.
Although takeaway packaging is developing from time to time, people's awareness of environmental protection is also increasing, but in the current takeaway market, the market improvement rate of degradable paper lunch boxes is very low. Recently, the media launched a questionnaire survey on takeaway packaging to 100 consumers of different ages. The results showed that 66% of the respondents received transparent disposable plastic lunch boxes in takeaway, 21% of them received foam lunch boxes, other packaging accounted for 12%, and degradable paper boxes only accounted for 1%.
It is not difficult to find that most takeout packages used by Chinese takeout vendors are still mainly made of non-degradable plastic products. However, with the continuous improvement of consumers'pursuit of environmental protection and takeout quality, degradable paper lunch boxes will become a new trend of takeout packaging, and the market has great potential.
In addition to market demand, some measures of takeaway platform are also promoting the development of degradable paper lunch box market. At the end of last year, Hungry Mou started the "reassurance plan" for takeaway packages. In combination with the one-off lunch box consumer enterprises, catering enterprises and China Packaging Association, three batches of "reassurance directories" for takeaway packages were released, including paper lunch box consumer enterprises. The "reassurance directory" project deals with the pollution of takeaway packaging from the aspects of reduction, reuse, recycling and so on, so as to improve the market utilization rate of paper lunch boxes.
In 2017, the United States and China Environmental Protection Foundation established the "Castle Peak Program Special Fund" to deal with the environmental problems of takeaway packaging. The special fund has carried out a series of effective work around public environmental awareness advocacy and takeaway packaging reduction, which is also conducive to improving the utilization of degradable paper lunch boxes.
Takeaway industry is becoming the fastest developing sector in China's food industry, but the rapid development of takeaway industry has also brought many problems, and the environmental protection of takeaway packaging has become a hot topic at present. Generally speaking, the environmental protection level of takeout market in our country is usually low, and the development space of takeout packaging such as degradable paper lunch boxes is huge. It is believed that with the efforts of many parties, the takeaway packaging industry will gradually change to environmental protection and green, and the future of takeaway packaging will become more and more pessimistic.
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