By protecting the product, packaging also prevents waste of the energy, fertiliser, raw materials and water that went into growing or making goods and the energy used to transport the goods from the producer to the retailer.
This publication prepared by INCPEN explains the reasons why 12 frequently bought grocery products are packaged in the way that they are. It explains the considerations that a product manufacturer has to take into account to find a balance between:
- providing adequate protection for the product
- minimising the overall environmental impact of the product and its packaging throughout its life
- delivering the product in a way that helps consumers use it responsibly