The report found that nearly two thirds (64%) of Americans say they prefer paper food packaging over plastic or Styrofoam. Furthermore, more than half (51%) agree that paper food packaging is as high quality as the latter materials.
“Americans’ preference for paper continues to grow at a time when improving environmental health is top of mind for consumers,” comments Ian Lifshitz, vice president of sustainability and stakeholder relations, APP. “Consumers are receptive to brands that are favoring recyclable, compostable or reusable paper materials in place of single-use plastics which can be harmful to natural ecosystems.”
Additional findings from the APP survey include:
- More than half (56%) of consumers are concerned about the effect of single-use plastics on the environment
- Nearly half (48%) say they try to reduce their use of plastic items such as straws, cups and bags
- Consumers are less likely to reuse plastic food packaging containers (47%) than cardboard delivery boxes (55%) and plastic shopping bags (77%)