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Packaging Technology by Henry Emblem, Anne Emblem

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5

Packaging and environmental sustainability

H.J. Emblem,     Environmental Packaging Solutions, UK

Abstract:

This chapter introduces the link between packaging and the environment. It explores the need to reduce consumption for the benefit of future generations. Various definitions and terms are explained including sustainable development and carbon footprinting. Compliance with European legislation concerning packaging waste and the environment is covered from waste reduction such as packaging minimisation, reuse, recycling through to disposal methods such as composting, energy recovery and landfill.

Key words

sustainable

sustainability

environment

environmental

aspect

impact

waste

recycling

packaging

5.1 Introduction: why bother?

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