The second Skill Development Series organized by World Trade Center Bhubaneswar successfully concluded with the third session on Food Processing sector focused on Green Packaging. The web session was conducted in association with Institute of Life Sciences as the knowledge partner. Packaging is one of the most essential and crucial factors when it comes to the food processing industry. In today’s environment an eco-friendly packaging system is not only essential but also relates to factors such as retention of food quality, armour and health value.
Dr. Nivedita Jena, Chief Operating Officer, Department of Biotechnology, Bioincubator, Institute of Life Sciences Bhubaneswar conducted the session. In her deliverables Dr. Jena spoke about the traditional packaging materials, their limitations and pressed upon the challenges they pose in terms of waste creation. She thus advocated that eco-friendly packaging is a necessary step towards green future. She further shared insights on the concept of bio packaging using natural materials which are 100% compostable. She also explained about the guidelines for sustainable packaging design and government initiatives available towards green packaging. Dr. Jena discussed in detail about certain natural packaging materials prepared using potato starch, grape skins, wood pulp of eucalyptus tree, bamboo, shrimp shells, limestones, chicken feathers, sugarcane residue, coconut husks, corn starch palm leaves etc.
Her insights on the new packaging techniques and an interactive question answer session with the attendees paved way for new business ideas in the packaging industry as well.
Earlier Ms. Asha Mohapatra, Assistant Manager, World Trade Center Bhubaneswar set the context of the webinar and took the opportunity to introduce Dr. Jena to the attendees.
Ms. Nimeshika Natarajan, Assistant Director, World Trade Center Bhubaneswar proposed the vote of thanks.