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A Study of Packaging Efficiency As It Relates to Waste Prevention

Prepared by the Editors of The ULS Report - January 2016

This study, which is a follow-up to similar packaging efficiency studies performed in 1995 and 2007, is designed to do the following:
1. Provide clear and compelling examples of the value of source reduction as a strategy for developing and evaluating sustainable packaging.

2. Identify key characteristics of product/package configurations that add to their overall level of efficiency and sustainability.

3. Promote the use of this data as a way to ensure that cradle-to-grave analyses (raw material extraction through final disposal), which compare packaging alternatives, take into account all relevant information.

4. Illustrate how packaging decisions reflect consumer needs and expectations, and are not made lightly or “in a vacuum”.

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