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Plates Without Packaging

Plastic packaging has served as an important component of food safety, preservation, and transportation. It has also brought convenience to the consumers on-the-go. However, over the years there has been an increase in the amount of plastic waste from food packaging, contributing to plastic pollution, one of the greatest environmental problems of our time.

Today food packaging comprises of approximately one-third of Canada’s household plastic waste and approximately 80% of that ending in a landfill.

To address this problem on the University of Guelph campus, undergraduate students in the ICON class are committed to reducing single-use plastic. They are doing this through multidisciplinary group projects that seek to find innovative and applicable solutions to tackle plastic waste from food.