Healthy Canada

Economy

Food, health, and consumer product manufacturing is a critical driver for Canada’s growth. 

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FHCP members are committed to being excellent stewards of natural resources, because it’s good for the planet and good for business.

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Environment

Plastic is lighter than metal, more durable than glass, and can help reduce food waste.  It provides unparalleled safe, sanitary, and tamper-proof packaging. While plastic can be the right choice for some packaging, it doesn’t belong in our landfills or in our environment.

That’s why FHCP was the first national trade association in Canada to endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision for a New Plastics Economy, moving Canada toward a future of zero plastic waste. Many of FHCP’s members have committed to ensure all packaging is recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025. FHCP members work with governments across Canada to ensure effective recycling of our packaging.

From offices to the factory floor and beyond, we are taking innovative steps to save water, use less energy, combat food waste, keep packaging waste out of the environment, and choose the right materials for the right purposes. 

FHCP was the first national trade association in Canada to endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision for a New Plastics Economy, moving Canada toward a future of zero plastic waste. Many of FHCP’s members have committed to ensure all packaging is recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025. Find out more: click here.

Already, recycling in British Columbia is managed and fully funded by manufacturers, while Ontario’s recycling program is jointly funded by manufacturers and municipal governments. FHCP members work with governments across Canada to ensure effective recycling of our packaging.

Our industry chooses the right material for the job. We are reducing plastic packaging while remembering that plastic is lighter than metal and more durable than glass, reducing carbon emissions during shipping. Plastic also provides unparalleled safe, sanitary, and tamper-proof packaging for medicines and vitamins.

Our members are doing more with less, saving resources and reducing carbon emissions during shipping. Between 2000 and 2014, the average weight of a 16.9 ounce (half-litre) single-serve PET plastic bottled water container dropped 51 percent to 9.7 grams.

Healthy Canada - FCHP
Healthy Canada - FCHP

Food waste

Combating food waste is fundamental to countering climate change.

Almost 60 percent of food produced in Canada ends up wasted. Beyond the obvious frustration of wasting so much food in a country where 1 in 8 households is food insecure, there is also a steep environmental cost. Globally, food loss and waste are responsible for about 8% of greenhouse gas emissions, meaning food waste contributes to global warming almost as much as road transportation. If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world.

Our members work hard to make sure food stays out of the bin. We make frozen, canned, and other packaged options that are much less likely to end up wasted. We also create packaged and pre-portioned foods that work for households of all sizes. Effective packaging extends shelf life. A thin layer of plastic wrap can more than quadruple a cucumber’s shelf life.

We aren’t just making sure the food you buy gets eaten. Our members are also working to get more food all the way from farm to fork. FHCP and our members partner with charities and organizations across Canada to keep good meals on plates and out of landfills. We are also innovating to address food waste at its root cause, for example by partnering with the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity and the Provision Coalition to analyze and measure food waste in processed food production and determine evidence-based strategies to prevent it.