German agency confirms drinks pack hierarchy

Refillables remain greener than one-way packaging with exception of cartons, say researchers

Less than three months before deposits are due to be applied to most one-way drinks packaging on the German market, the federal environment agency has released a study that appears to uphold the government policy of safeguarding the market share of refillable containers.

The life-cycle assessment study follows a similar one published in 2000 (EED 17/08/00). It concludes that despite recent progress in minimising the environmental impact of one-way bottles and cans, refillable alternatives remain the best environmental options.

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