Packaging for consumer products represents a large share of U.S. solid waste, and barely half of it is recycled.
iStock via Getty Images
Maine and Oregon have enacted laws that require makers of consumer product packaging to pay for recycling or disposing of it. Will other states follow?
Some plastic sent overseas for recycling ends up as pollution, or goes up in toxic smoke. But there are steps we can take to ensure our waste is processed as intended.
Of the five cuisines examined, packaging from burger meals was responsible for the most emissions.
Марьян Блан | @marjanblan/Unsplash
The recommendations of experts aren’t reaching people in the supermarket aisles. So what can be done about it?
Many Australian consumers are concerned at the environmental impact of their shopping habits, especially at Christmas.
Australians spent $400 million on unwanted Christmas gifts last year. There must be a better way.
A woman sorts plastic bottles at a workshop in Hanoi. The world is being overwhelmed by plastic waste, and companies should do more to address it.
EPA/LUONG THAI LINH
Advertisers that tell a good story can persuade the public of all sorts of things. But some messages are disingenuous and misleading.
Shoppers struggle to make sense of food labels – and aren’t always sure what they’re eating.
Do we really need to celebrate with boxes and plastic?
Plastic pollution on a beach on Bali, Indonesia.
Asian countries have become a dumping ground for the plastic waste from wealthy countries.
Frenco, a zero-waste store in Montreal.
Zero-packaging stores provide a systemic solution to a globalised food industry dependent on plastic packaging.
Paper not plastic.
Christmas is hectic, and it can be easy just to go with the flow and vow to cut your plastic use in the new year. But here are some easy steps you can take now to make your Christmas plastic-free.
Plastic packaging could soon be compostable or edible.
Much of the trash on Canadian shorelines can be traced to five food companies. We could soon see more compostable and edible packaging.
US firm HeatGenie is hoping to revive a technology that has surprising origins in World War II and beyond.
Food is just food ... or is it?
Protecting children’s health starts with curbing formula adverts.
Parents need to know the truth about formula milk.
There is a curious paradox at the heart of the food group’s new nutrition scheme: the less consumers trust Big Food, the less attention they will pay to the labels.
Because chocolate gifts need their glasnost too.
Smaller portion sizes can help decrease food intake, but multipack options don’t.
Scorpions and Centaurs/Flickr
While a single, smaller portion leads people to eat less, having multiple smaller portions on offer appears to lead some people - notably the diet-conscious - to eat more.
Using edible films to cover meat and poultry significantly lowers the risk of bacteria growing on the food, according to…
Rubber and plastic, not so fantastic?
Environmental scientists have warned the long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health. In a paper published in the Journal of…