The real meaning of green packaging

The US glass industry wants the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to tighten the guidelines for recycled packaging marketing claims under the agency’s new Green Guides rules.

According to the Glass Packaging Institute, several marketers are inappropriately using the term recyclable such as in trash bags where it is unlikely to be used again once it is thrown out in the garbage, and in multi-layer aluminum and plastic-coated paperboard packaging products where recycling facilities rarely exists in the US for such products.

The Institute also wanted the agency to look into the SPI resin identification codes; to add further guidelines on using the terms degradable and compostable; and to clearly define the meaning of sustainable and renewable in marketing claims.

I wonder which is more sustainable to use in packaging – glass or plastic?

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One Response to The real meaning of green packaging

  1. Nocat 28 May, 2008 at 5:18 pm #

    Interesting. You should do a guest post on sustainable packaging coalition at DDL a leader in the packaging industry. They are inviting people in the packaging industry to create, guest packaging themed posts on their blog. On themes such as sustainability, package design, package testing etc.. to learn more about doing a guest post check out DDL’s Blog .

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