Packaging acts as protection for foodstuffs: The most environmentally unfriendly thing to do would be to allow foodstuffs to perish by not adequately protecting them. More food is produced than used or consumed around the world. Although packaging is not able to prevent wastage, it can prevent food from perishing. This means that highly functional film packaging protects its contents against mechanical damage, against contamination, light, and inappropriate oxygen intake. This increases the shelf life of the product and ensures quality standards are maintained.