Here’s a snippet from a good overview of the problem (and the U.S. lags woefully behind Europe in this):
Forty-seven companies were analyzed; “none,” the report found, “are doing enough to make their packaging more sustainable.” An analysis of street litter in four Bay Area cities found that half was from fast food restaurants; Starbucks is the only company in the sector to have committed to front-of-house recycling. In the beverage sector, the use of non-recyclable packaging of children’s drinks, such as Capri Sun from Kraft, is on the increase; furthermore, “most brands support neither a container deposit nor an EPR (extended producer responsibility) scheme to boost recycling.”
And in the consumer packaged goods and grocery sector, “Use of flexible packaging is growing swiftly, with no apparent strategy by companies that produce it or brands that use it to make it recyclable.”
- Read the original article to learn more.
- More on the As You Sow public interest group aiming at packaging policies.
- Our article on the Capri Sun targeted campaign.
- About “greenwashing” — making consumers think they are buying green when they are not