Feeding the World
The United Nations estimates that 25,000 all over the world die from malnutrition and related causes every day. And nearly 1 billion of the world’s 7 billion people go to bed hungry. Considering that by 2050 the global population is expected to grow to over 9 billion, re-imagining food security requires addressing three challenges.
- Food Access: We produce more than enough food to feed the planet today, yet hundreds of millions starve while others struggle with obesity and nutritional imbalance.
- Food Safety: Even with significant advances in technology and distribution, food contamination is still a large societal problem with fatal consequences.
- Food Waste: We throw away billions of tons of food a year that rot in landfills and release methane gas into the atmosphere.
So it's obvious, the solution is not to grow more food. It's to make sure the food we grow makes it to the table before it spoils. Sealed Air has the expertise and the technology to assure that hard-won harvest are not lost. We can enhance sanitation through the entire supply chain from farm to fork and offer education about proper food storage, handling and cooking. Our packaging solutions can double the shelf-life of foods like fresh pasta and extend that of meat from days to weeks. Our innovations help promise a growing world that its food supply will be more plentiful, safer and less wasteful.
VIDEO: Plastic Packaging's Impact on Food Shelf Life & Environment
Source: IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V.
Soap for Hope™
Over 7 million children die each year from diseases that can be prevented with simple hand washing. And every year, a typical 400-room hotel generates 3.5 tons of solid soap waste. That waste either goes to landfill, or is shipped to a global recycling facility, costing hotels hefty fees. That’s why we started Soap for Hope™, which teaches at-risk communities to salvage the hotels' soap slivers and turn them into new soap bars.
Super Typhoon Haiyan
Also known as Typhoon Yolanda, Haiyan came ashore in the Philippines on November 8, 2013. The storm devastated the country, and safe water was all but impossible to find. In response, Dow Chemical, Sealed Air and Pepsi-Cola Philippines Products, Inc. partnered across the supply chain to provide 300,000 liters of potable water to the particularly hard-hit Visaya region. Pepsi provided the purified water, Sealed Air made 120,000 flexible pouches, and Dow Chemical provided the polyethylene resins to create the pouches. Delivering life-saving clean water to nearly 15,000 families.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were more than 837 confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), including 291 deaths, by July 2014. And this number is continuing to grow. Furthermore, since there’s currently no medical treatment for those with MERS-CoV, preventing transmission is essential for containing the virus.
In response to this growing health concern, Sealed Air’s Diversey Care created and launched a MERS Prevention and Outbreak Response Toolkit. This resource provides knowledge and tools while highlighting key prevention strategies including hand hygiene and surface cleaning and disinfection to help address the pathogen. With this holistic approach to sustainability, Sealed Air helped provide the means to limit MERS-CoV outbreaks and prevent them from escalating to a global threat.
Linens for Life™
Linens for Life™ has a simple but powerful objective: to empower people displaced by disasters with support from Sealed Air and its hotel customers. With this program, several families in a community are able to earn a small livelihood by converting linens discarded by hotels into new and useful items that they can sell. At the same time, hotels can recycle their unwanted linens in a way that makes a real difference, helping people who have lost everything in a natural disaster and who reside in refugee camps.
Communities receive basic training on how to sew and use sewing machines donated by Sealed Air. A local charity is trained to operate the program. Once trained, they can work at a refugee camp’s communal building to give a new lease on life to the linen donated by the hotels. Items created include pillow cases, tote bags and simple clothing, which are then sold to earn a small income for the people who made them.
One in every 20 patients gets an infection while being treated at a hospital. In the United States, 76 million people annually suffer from foodborne illnesses. Sealed Air believes creating cleaner and healthier environments is of paramount importance. So we’re re-imagining sustainable solutions for infection prevention, kitchen hygiene and building care with a keen focus on three areas.
Science of Clean: When developing cleaning technologies, we understand the balance needed between the safety during use and efficacy for sanitation and infection control. We remain at the cutting edge of new technologies that combine higher levels of performance, increased safety and reduced environmental impacts.
Delivering Hygiene: From laundry to ware washing to sanitizing building surfaces, we pioneered innovations in dosing, dispensing, tools and equipment that work with our proprietary cleaning chemistries. Our products excel in both efficiency and effectiveness by reducing overall water and energy consumption and minimizing waste.
Smart Environments: We partner with our customers to ensure healthy, clean environments for their businesses and their customers. Whether helping workers understand the role of handwashing in preventing disease, training proper sanitation monitoring, or providing analytical tools to maximize labor productivity, we provide education, knowledge and services that help our customers create healthier environments.
Providing excellent cleaning and sanitation results while cutting polluting emissions, decreasing water and energy usage and optimizing labor.
In a world where we currently consume 50% more resources than the planet produces, we need to rely on new and smarter ways to conserve while meeting society’s growing demands. Around the world, Sealed Air is working to promote the efficient use of water, energy and raw materials in the production, transportation and use of the products consumers need in their daily lives, while also preventing waste, spoilage and damage. Bringing new insights and solutions is a hallmark of Sealed Air ingenuity.
Alternative Raw Materials: Sealed Air is pioneering research to increase the use of recycled materials, such as plastics, while also working to incorporate agricultural waste byproducts into useful packaging materials.
Efficient Product Systems: Thinner packaging materials, space-efficient package designs and concentrated cleaning products are just a few of the ways that Sealed Air brings value to our customers by increasing the effectiveness of our solutions and reducing the resources required to transport and use them.
Effective Solutions: By emphasizing the performance of our product solutions in customer applications, we produce significant benefits during their “use-phase.” From reduced food spoilage or waste to improved hygiene with fewer chemicals or even the prevention of product damage during transport.
As population increases and demands for products and services continue to rise, the ability to deliver more benefits with less impact will become an essential requirement of companies that strive to conserve resources and enhance overall sustainability.