Household consumption's green impacts rated

Industry association claims over-focus on packaging is diversion from real priorities

New research demonstrates that packaging has minimal environmental impacts relative to overall household consumption, UK-based packaging chain association Incpen is claiming. The group is calling on policy makers and consumers to concentrate more on what it says are the real priorities. These include industrial production, home heating and transport.

Packaging firms have long argued that Europe's many laws aimed at boosting recycling or discriminating between different packaging materials are not environmentally justified. Incpen is now publicising what it says is the first quantified figures demonstrating this case.

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