The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report has published a comprehensive study on packaging efficiency. Besides providing contemporary results, the research examines trends in retail packaging since the publication of the original study in 1995 and the follow-up in 2006. Entitled A Study of Packaging Efficiency As It Relates to Waste Prevention, it is available at The ULS Report website, http://www.use-less-stuff.com.
To gauge efficiency, over 300 containers in fifty-six grocery categories were examined to determine the amount of packaging required to deliver a given amount of product. Study methodology gave credit for source reduction, recyclability, and use of recycled materials. The methodology, findings, and conclusions were reviewed by the Laboratory of Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS) at the University of California, Berkeley.
According to ULS Report Editor Robert Lilienfeld, “There are three legs on the sustainability stool – economic, environmental, and social. The study clearly shows that, over the past 20 years, packaging has evolved to more effectively deliver on these sustainability requirements.”
Key learning from the research includes the following:
Mr. Lilienfeld noted that, “In general, the environmental impact of food is up to 10 times greater than the impact of its packaging. So, a bit more portion control or ready-to-eat food packaging can actually reduce waste, as these packages ensure that the food inside is actually eaten rather than thrown away.”
The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report (http://www.use-less-stuff.com) is a leading environmental newsletter and has been published since 1994. Editor Bob Lilienfeld is a widely recognized authority on waste prevention and co-author of the book Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are.
Source: The ULS Report, Contact: Bob Lilienfeld, (BOULDER, CO – JANUARY 21, 2016)
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