20 Years Later: Getting a Better Handle On Sustainable Packaging

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Just in time for Earth Day and following a three year hiatus, The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report has published an in-depth analysis of packaging and the environment. Entitled Packaging Myths & Mantras, the newsletter examines some of our most pressing concerns involving packaging, material consumption, energy use, and greenhouse gas generation.

Just in time for Earth Day and following a three year hiatus, The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report has published an in-depth analysis of packaging and the environment. Entitled Packaging Myths & Mantras, the newsletter examines some of our most pressing concerns involving packaging, material consumption, energy use, and greenhouse gas generation. It starts by discussing what has changed since its authors made headlines with a ground-breaking New York Times Op-Ed piece in January, 1995, entitled Six Enviro-Myths.

The current issue focuses on three of the public’s largest packaging concerns: Waste heading to landfills, plastics and the environment, and the belief that we’ve done about all we can do to increase the recovery rate of used packaging. According to ULS Editor Bob Lilienfeld, “We finally have good research from a variety of respected resources that can help us better understand the true impacts of packaging and how to continue using less and recovering more of it.” He added that, “Many of our conclusions are going to surprise you. Some of them surprised us, as well.”

When asked about the 36 months between newsletters, Mr. Lilienfeld stated that, “Until all of this research came along, we really didn’t have anything new to publish. Now that there’s some hard data available, it’s time to apply it and keep improving our ability to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

The ULS Report helps people use less stuff by conserving resources and reducing waste. Published since 1994, it is ranked as the web’s number one waste prevention resource by Google, Yahoo and MSN. The full newsletter archive is available at http://www.use-less-stuff.com.

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