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16-ME4211 - Perceptions and Reality Perception Products are...

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1 UPK / MECH ME4211 Development of Green Products Perceptions and Reality Perception § Products are often over-packaged Reality § The vast majority of everyday goods are sensibly packaged § Some packaging needs improvements
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2 UPK / MECH ME4211 Development of Green Products Packaging and the Environment Packaging has become a techno-economic function in the distribution of products, with the objective of minimizing overall costs whilst maximizing sales and profits The whole concept of packaging is criticized by ecologists and environmental pressure groups § Packaging makes excessive use of resources in a wasteful way § Adds to the burden of waste disposal § Uses large amount of energy, including fossil oil as feedstock for plastics Consumers also criticize that: § The packaging adds unnecessarily to the cost of the product
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