Food waste is a major issue for schools across the country—one they should actively try to combat.
Schools can do this by using Innoseal. It is more than a sealer, it’s a food safety item. Innoseal works with a lot of schools to make reducing food waste easy. Our sealing system makes packaging food in appropriate portions a breeze. Innoseal is great for schools because it can easily be opened and helps keep certain foods separate. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable and Grab & Go programs can benefit from Innoseal’s ease of use and increased productivity.
Schools should also include students in the learning process of creating more sustainable food habits. Schools play a major role in a child’s nutrition. Many kids eat one, if not two meals at their school every day. It’s important that the meals they have access to are well-balanced and healthy. Through that, it’s pertinent that schools educate students about their role in the environment and how they can reduce food waste.
Here are some ways schools can change:
- A big thing is initiating an offer, instead of serve, program. This gives students the option to say “yes” or “no” to some items and in turn, not waste unwanted food.
- On that same token, give students more options. Something like sliced fruit is great.
- The key is education, so make sure there are signs that promote awareness and tell students what’s in their meals.
- Sharing tables are another great option where students can put food items they aren’t going to consume. Remember, all sharing table options must be wrapped or bagged.
- Teach students about food waste through a school garden and compost leftover plant based food.
Schools should do a food waste assessment, address the issues one by one and consider implementing new food sealing procedures.
Tamper-evident packaging doesn’t need to be hard to come by. When it comes to wrapping of foods and other fresh products, safety will always come first. Of all the solutions available though, too many fail to show when a product was last sealed.
When a customer browses your aisles or goods, they need to be certain that what they’re looking at is fresh and quality. Even further, many products quickly degrade when they’ve been exposed to the open air. This visual degradation is bad for business and leaves a poor image of your business in the consumers mind.
Twist ties and tabs may provide a tight seal, but there is no way for a consumer to know that they are the first to open their package. To improve this, Innoseal offers a new look on this old problem. Delivering a safe, reliable, and fast method of creating tamper-evident sealed packages, Innoseal delivers where twist-ties can’t.
One of the unique benefits of the InnoSealer is its compact size. Taking up little table-space, it fits in both homes and businesses. This means bake sales and produce sections alike can give consumers that ultimate level of freshness. More than that though, you don’t need to dedicate an entire portion of your floor to simply sealing products.
When shipping or distributing these products, you have to consider how they hold up for extended periods of time. The trip from the shop to a customer’s counter can be a long one. On that trip, your goods are exposed to countless bacteria and plenty of less-than-ideal situations. The only way to protect them is through a reliable seal.
Capable of holding firm against even a 10 pound bag of ice, your goods stay exactly where you want them. On top of that, the virtually air-tight seal keeps produce green and tortillas fresh. Schools can package fresh veggies for students and restaurants can keep their extra ingredients as fresh as the day they were harvested.
By streamlining the sealing process through the use of the InnoSealer, your team spends less time fidgeting with ties and tabs and more time working. Simply pick up the wrapped good, give it a twirl, and run it through the InnoSealer for a tight and reliable seal.
When most people consider food safety, they stop after the food is prepared or served. This line of thought is perfectly fine for those who prepare for families and other events, but distributors have a lot more to consider before their job is done. For instance, what happens to the food once it leaves your kitchen, a controlled environment?
Lucky for us, someone else already did the hard part. An independent study recently compared all the popular methods for sealing goods for the long haul. Inspired by the need for more information and figures, these researches put long-standing methods to the test.
“For shop assistants, sealing the bags is a repetitive, physically demanding action that takes some time and could cause discomfort because of the physical load in combination with the time pressure.” Sound familiar? Taken directly from the study, this is exactly the situation that countless shops across the world deal with, unnecessarily. On top of that, they go on to explain how this acts as a nuisance to customers and safety hazard for children.
After a series of tests designed to handle all of these key points, the results were clear. Shop assistants were more fond of, and saw faster results, with the tape and paper system than plastic-covered wire and the traditional clip.
Consumers saw similar results with the tape and paper again taking the lead with over 90% approval on comfort and use. On top of that, the tape and paper method tied on speed with just tape at just over two seconds to seal, as opposed to nearly ten for the other methods. When it comes to convenience and preference, the time spent fidgeting with seals is highly important.
When the study gets to the matter of safety, it brings up a point and concern which the ordinary consumer may not consider. Obviously there is the concern of a child finding the metal wire or plastic clip, but these methods also pose hazard to employees in their usage. Researchers found that the adhesive tape seal with paper was absolutely the safest method.
When it comes to the proper sealing of food for distributors, there is another matter which wasn’t covered by this independent study: the quality of the seal itself. When transporting goods cross-country, or even cross-county, that seal is the only thing between your food and any number of contaminants nearby. Twist ties can come loose or be improperly twisted fairly easily and who hasn’t broken a plastic clip on accident at some point? The tape and paper method though holds tight and creates a virtually air-tight seal.
This tight seal is what makes or breaks the quality of your goods when they reach consumers. So when we take all of this information gathered, it becomes clear which method comes out on top. While the tape and paper sealers are not as traditional as twist ties and clips, they clearly have the upper hand.
If you’d like more information on how tape and paper sealing can benefit you or your business, please contact us at email@example.com or 866-958-4666. Additionally, if you would like to read this study yourself, you can do so here. From everyone here at Innoseal, we wish you a safe and sound future!