WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, Plastics Make it Possible® is teaming up with celebrity chef and television personality Duff Goldman to launch a video series on the importance of reducing food and packaging waste in the kitchen. In this exclusive series, launched today on the Plastics Make it Possible® website, Duff shows how to prepare some of his favorite foods while demonstrating how plastics can help cut down on waste.
Viewers of the videos can enter to win one of two $250 gift cards or the grand prize: a $500 gift card and a bundle of plastic cooking tools and products.
Best known as the star of Food Network's Ace of Cakes, Duff draws from years of experience as a professional chef and baker to show viewers how choosing the right food packaging combined with recycling more plastics can contribute to sustainability. Over the course of three videos, Duff shares helpful tips for professional and home chefs seeking to lighten their environmental footprints.
"I'm so glad to be partnering with Plastics Make it Possible® to spread the word about how easy it is to reduce food and packaging waste in the kitchen," Duff said. "As a chef, this issue is near and dear to my heart because I hate wasting food. And the fact is, by focusing on lightweight plastic packaging, plus recycling, it's easy for anyone to help make a difference."
Minimalist packaging made with lightweight plastics helps protect food while creating very little waste, which helps chefs and consumers reduce both food and packaging waste. Airtight plastic bags and containers also help extend the life of fresh foods so they last longer. And more and more types of plastic packaging can be recycled across the country, such as milk and juice jugs, beverage bottles, yogurt and cottage cheese containers, condiment bottles, lids and caps – even plastic bags and wraps can be taken back to many large retail stores for recycling. These plastics become the raw materials for making new products, from kitchenware to outdoor furniture to fashionable clothing.
"Duff does a wonderful job showing how plastics in the kitchen can help us create fresh meals at home while reducing both food waste and packaging waste," said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, which sponsors the Plastics Make it Possible® initiative. "Duff's videos clearly demonstrate how plastic packaging is actually an investment in protecting our food and all the resources, such as materials, energy, water, used to produce it."
In Duff's first video debuting today on the Plastics Make it Possible® website, he demonstrates how to apply fondant icing to a cake and discusses plastics recycling and products made with recycled plastics. Future videos will feature a Thai stir-fry and a gourmet tuna salad.
Viewers can watch the videos at www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com/duffs-kitchen and comment on how they would use Duff's tips in their own kitchens, which enters them for a chance to win one of three prizes. Two winners will receive a $250 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card and a bundle of plastic cooking tools and products.
For more information on how plastic packaging helps reduce food and packaging waste, and to download the recipes Duff prepares in the videos, visit plasticsmakeitpossible.com.
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