It has to be said, packaging gets a lot of bad press. Whether it’s plastic bags at
supermarkets or over-packaged items using an array of plastic and cardboard, most people have a pet hate linked to packaging.
Recycled materials should only be used in packaging when this provides an overall environmental benefit. Often this is the case, but sometimes it isn’t. This paper explains why not.
Packaging ensures that people can buy and use products when they want them, in good condition and with little wastage. However, many people think there is too much of it. Everybody has a view on what’s excessive.
Many assumptions have to be made in carrying out a lifecycle assessment (LCA). The results are never precise or consistent enough to enable comparisons to be made between alternative products. Carbon footprinting is a subset of a full LCA
Lifecycle assessment (LCA) quantifies the environmental burdens associated with a product, process or activity over its entire lifecycle, from production of the raw materials to disposal at end of life
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