In this section we've included some hints and tips on how to manage your household
rubbish. You can find out how to minimise the effect that you have on the environment
and how to make your household more environmentally friendly.
Ten times more energy goes into the production of the food and goods it contains, than the packaging itself! (source: INCPEN)
If a household turned down its room heating thermostat by 2 degrees or drove one less mile a day, it would save as much energy as is used to make the packaging for its whole year's supply of goods. (source: INCPEN)
The energy used to make the packaging for food is just 11% of the energy in the total supply chain (including growing, transport, retail, freezing & cooking). In other words, the energy for all of these other parts of the supply chain combined is 9 times as significant as that of the packaging. (source: INCPEN)
The energy saved by recycling just 1 aluminium drink can, is enough to run a television for 3 hours!
The energy content of one day's packaging is equal to one and one quarter miles in the car source: (The Packaging Federation)
Household packaging is accountable for only 3% of all waste that goes to landfill
Glass containers are on average 30% lighter than in 1980's
In developing countries, a lack of packaging or inadequate packaging cause between 30-50% of foodstuffs to decay before they even reach consumers. (source: Effective Packaging)