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Incpen – Why products are packaged the way they are

The average household in the UK buys over 4,000 items of food and other products every year. In the UK as a whole, 25 million households buy over 100 billion items every year. Over 75% of those purchases are grocery products – mainly food and drink but also household detergents, paper products, cosmetics, toiletries, nappies and pet food.

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Materials and the Environment

The packaging industry has been designing products with waste prevention in mind for years. Improvements in packaging design and in production techniques have resulted in huge reductions in material usage over many years. Download this document to find out how plastics impact on the environment.

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Packaging Federation – Packaging and the Environment

A PowerPoint presentation highlighting the “Inconvenient Truths” of packaging. Download the presentation

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Packaging Federation – Putting “packaging” into context – Seven packaging “pillars of wisdom”

The primary role of packaging is to protect and preserve the product. Reducing packaging may increase product wastage and reduce product hygiene – with environmental impacts much greater than that of the packaging “saved”

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Packaging Federation – Science and Innovation in Packaging

A PowerPoint presentation highlighting the “Inconvenient Truths” of packaging. Download the presentation

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Packaging Federation – The Role of Packaging in Society

A PowerPoint presentation highlighting the role of modern packaging in society. Download the presentation

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Packaging Federation/Incpen – Packaging facts and figures

Of the total energy used in the food chain, 50% is used in food production, 10% on transport to the shops and retailing, 10% to make the packaging and the remaining 30% used by shoppers to drive to the shops and store and cook food… Download the pdf

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Points on Plastics - POP Chart

For a quick guide to the strengths and weaknesses of the different plastics download this POP chart. 

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Polystyrene - The Facts

For all the facts and “fiction” about polystyrene download this useful guide to one of the world’s most versatile materials.

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Why Packaging?

Without packaging, much food and many goods would be damaged or spoiled before they got to us. In less developed countries without the sophisticated distribution and packaging systems that we have in the UK, as much as 50% of food never reaches consumers

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