The Carbon Footprint Of Packaging

Nov 19 2012 @ 9:53am

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Mark Wilson reviews a new book on it. Among other lessons learned:

Most of us assume glass is environmentally superior to plastic, but its footprint is generally far worse than recyclable plastics. Plastics can be tough to dispose of, but creating them is relatively environmentally friendly: The process is a byproduct of existing fossil fuel production (in the same way chicken nuggets find a use for every last scrap of the bird). And things are getting better, often invisibly: The modern beer can weighs one quarter what it did in the 1960s.

(Image of peeled, shrink-wrapped bananas via Arbroath. The supermarket chain has since apologized.)