PR Release – 01.12.2021

Seda is proud to announce the results of the Ramboll Study released by the European Paper Packaging Association (EPPA),
which we are a founding member of, providing scientific evidence that single-use paper-based packaging used in EU Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) is more environmentally friendly than reusable tableware.

The study used current primary data from the paper packaging and foodservice industries to compare the environmental performance over a year of typical disposable and reusable containers used in a QSR  for in-store consumption.

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) carried out by Ramboll, an independent Danish engineering company ranked #2 environmental consulting firm in Europe, found that, assuming realistic usage over a year, the energy consumption involved in the use phase of reusable plastic and traditional crockery, during in-store or out-sourced washing and drying, outweighed the environmental impact of single-use paper dishes.

The baseline report, certified by German TÜV following the ISO standards, concludes that reusable tableware generated 177% more CO2 emissions than the paper-based single-use systems, consumed 267% more freshwater, produced 132% more fine particulates matter, increased fossil depletion by 238% and terrestrial acidification by 72%.

Read more on  single-use paper packaging benefits here: https://www.eppa-eu.org/general/press-release-european-paper-packaging-alliance-12-january-2021.html