Over the last 50 years, Americans have doubled the amount of food they waste.

Altogether, this wasted food costs the U.S. economy upwards of $200 billion each year. In addition to hogging space in landfills, wasted food also is a major source of increased greenhouse gas emissions.

Something needs to change.

Good news: Research suggests there’s a link between packaging and food waste. It turns out that food with the least packaging is the most likely to be wasted.

Despite this, a majority of consumers believe that food packaging is more harmful to the environment than wasted food—though the data suggests the opposite is true.

AMERIPEN recently commissioned a first-of-its-kind study that revealed that minor changes to packaging can go a long way toward solving the problem of food waste. Previously, it was assumed that a solution would require much bigger changes and a much larger financial investment.

The key findings of the study concluded that the right approach to packaging could significantly reduce food waste—thereby saving consumers money, protecting the environment and helping ensure that hungry citizens have enough food to eat.

To learn more about how a modern approach to packaging could help keep more food out of the garbage and on the table, head over to AMERIPEN’s website and download the whitepaper.