Prevention of household waste

How to prevent the creation of packaging waste?

The best solution aims to intervene as early as possible, that is to say during the production of the product!

Here are some ideas and examples that manufacturers can follow to limit the impact of packaging on the environment. We have divided these preventive acts into 2 categories: quantitative and qualitative.

Quantitative prevention.

  • Abandon unnecessary over-packaging.
  • Research new methods or techniques that reduce the amount of material essential to an efficient package.
    Example: by reducing the thickness of the plastic film of the six-bottle pack from 75µm to 65µm, the “Chaudfontaine” * sources save 4 tonnes of plastic per year.
  • Increase portions.
    Example: Lidl water bottles have gone from 1,5 l to 2 l and have saved 15% packaging per liter sold.
  • Optimizing grouping and transport packaging.
    Example: The racks for 50 cl "Spa" * water glass bottles have been modified and now contain 18 bottles instead of 12, ie 64% more product per pallet (and as much less transport).

Qualitative prevention.

* These products and brands are cited as an example because the data is available. They are in no way presented as unsurpassed benchmarks in environmental matters.

Read more: Preventing packaging by consumers

More:
- forums
- What are packages?
- Recycling techniques

Downloads

- “To be or not to be excited. 32 questions we ask ourselves about packaging ”, 1.2 Mo, published by the National Packaging Council, the CNE
- "Useful and unnecessary packaging" published by Agir pour l'environnement, cniid and France Nature Environnement

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