This article is from the Food Science FAQ, firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul E. J. King) with numerous contributions by others.
It is only when the package is emptied and needs to be disposed
of that we notice it. People are seldom aware of the role of the
packaging in protecting the product in distribution and until it is
opened for use.
A UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution found that
total packaging (not just food packaging) contributes 1% of the total
of all solid wastes. Total household waste contributes only 4% of all
A study of waste by the US Chamber of Commerce indicated that
the relationship between food waste and packaging waste was clear; as
packaging use (and subsequent disposal as waste) increases, food