With more young consumers embracing the convenience of on-the-go meals, the global disposable food containers market is expected to grow at a 2.7% CAGR between 2017 and 2021. Furthermore, the popularity of disposable packaging is expected to increase across different regions, such as North America and Europe. By the end of the forecast period, the market is estimated to be worth US$ 27.3 Bn.
Take Out Boxes
Disposable food containers come in different sizes and styles. Depending on the size of the meal, you can find one that fits your order perfectly. For example, the #3 container is perfect for burgers, chicken wings, salads, and more. The #1 container is best for smaller portions or side dishes.
While most disposable food containers are made of plastic, there are also a variety of biodegradable and compostable containers available. These environmentally friendly containers are a great choice for fast food restaurants and other commercial establishments. They're strong, practical, and can be cleaned in a dishwasher. They're also great for hospital cafeterias, dining halls, and university cafeterias.
Pizza boxes are made from cardboard, which can be recycled. However, they should be thrown away if they are soiled. You can also recycle only half of the box, but make sure to compost the other half. Another material you should be aware of is polystyrene foam, also known as Styrofoam(r) material. Polystyrene is not recyclable and should be discarded.
Some people prefer cardboard food containers because they can be customized. Moreover, these are better for the environment than other materials. Despite being heavier, aluminum food containers are recyclable. Plastic takeout boxes are prone to causing soggy food, which makes them unsuitable for hot dishes.
Disposable Food Containers
To increase the environmental benefits of disposable containers, producers have started to consider different materials. One such material is wood composite. This material is sturdy and resistant to oil and grease. Additionally, it is recyclable. Plastics are also a significant source of waste in our oceans, accounting for around 80% of total marine trash.
Another type of food container is compostable. These are available in a variety of materials, including paper and plastic bags. Disposable food containers are also convenient because they do not require washing. Because they are thrown away after being used, they reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses.