The Philippines has been using a “bagging” technique for packing snack boxes in an effort to reduce the amount of packaging that needs to be placed on the shelves.
The Philippines is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and has been known to pack its food into boxes or bags in order to help minimise waste.
The bags are then put into a large cardboard box to be sent off to retailers, who then pack and pack the boxes, according to Reuters.
In a country where people often eat and drink outside the home, there are no vending machines that sell fresh produce, so most of the snacks sold are prepared in the home.
A spokeswoman for the Philippine Food Authority said the idea came about because the country does not have vending machines, so there was not enough room for the whole lot to be stacked on the shelf.
“The reason why we are doing this is because we are worried that there is not enough space for snacks to be delivered, because we have so many people who come and visit us and are hungry,” the spokeswoman said.
“It has been an issue in the past, and we have to look for solutions to overcome that.”
We are now able to distribute these snacks, so we have been able to provide them in a convenient way, at no cost.
“According to Reuters, a total of about 8.4 million boxes were distributed in 2016, up from 6.4.5 million boxes in 2016.
In 2017, the Philippines recorded its biggest increase in food waste in more than two decades, with 8.5 tonnes of food waste.