The packaging and recycling debate is littered with confusion.
- Which pack type is most environmentally friendly?
- How much collected is actually recycled?
- Why are there so many logos?
- Is a closed loop better for the environment?
- Does bio mean degradable, compostable, plant-based or organic?
Now it’s been found that over 80% of recycling and sustainability messages on plastic packaging have shortcomings, according to a global review by The UN Environment Programme and Consumers International.
“Too often the onus is placed on consumers to understand an array of confusing, contradictory or misleading information.”
Their report comes up with 5 commendable recommendations:
- Follow guidelines for sustainability information.
- Harmonise definitions globally.
- Reflect actual conditions.
- Use chasing arrows only to indicate recyclability.
- Enforce good practice.