Tellus Institute Packaging Study: Complete Study

Frank Ackerman

Until recently, the United States economic environment encouraged the proliferation of packaging and ignored the social costs of packaging production and disposal. Today, however, the situation is changing, as waste disposal is no longer cheap, resource depletion is widely recognized as a problem, and pollution prevention has moved to the top of the environmental agenda. This report—prepared for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Council of State Governments—aims to assess the life-cycle environmental impacts of different packaging materials in order to help provide a scientific basis for formulation of packaging policy.

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