A society could not function without products being transported and delivered, which, in turn, would not be possible without packaging. Packaging protects the content from contamination and breakage – and also protects the environment from the content. Packaging also improves hygiene and safety, provides information about the product and makes the use of the product easier.
Packaging maintains product quality
Packaging have a beneficial impact on the environment. Without appropriate packaging, there would actually be more waste.
Products are packed in order to ensure that they remain undamaged and retain their good quality from the factory to the end user. For example, if a food product was not packed properly and it went bad before it was used, the energy and materials used in its production would be completely wasted.
Packaging also protects the environment from the content. It is important to pack substances such as chemicals and gases in appropriate packaging so that they can be transported and stored safely.
The correct packaging size reduces waste
The environmental impact of packaging is considerably smaller than many of us realise. For example, packaging only accounts for less than five percent of the total environmental impact of a packet of cold meats or rye bread.1
Packing product in packaging that are the right size is important. For example, if households waste food, this causes climate change and eutrophication.1
Every decision that a consumer makes when shopping is important. If you only buy the number of products or food products that you need, you can reduce the quantity of waste.
What is rye bread's carbon footprint made up of?1
1 MTT Raportti 14: Elintarvikkeiden ympäristövaikutukset (2011) (MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Report 14: Environmental effects of packing alternatives of food products, 2011)