16-ME4211 - Perceptions and Reality • Perception § •...

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Unformatted text preview: Perceptions and Reality • Perception § • Products are often over-packaged Reality § § The vast majority of everyday goods are sensibly packaged Some packaging needs improvements ME4211 Development of Green Products 1 UPK / MECH 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 It limits consumer choice May be used in a deceptive manner A major constituent of litter ME4211 Development of Green Products 2 UPK / MECH Packaging and the Environment • Packaging, like any other product, can have numerous environmental impacts § § § • Use of resources The emission of pollutants The impact on amenity Packaging actions with a potentially adverse effect on the environment § § § § Use of non-renewable and polluting energy resources (oil, gas, coal) Use of non-renewable materials (eg non-recycled plastics, steel) Unsustainable use of renewable resources (water, trees etc) Emissions to water, air and land ME4211 Development of Green Products 3 UPK / MECH ...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ME ME4211 taught by Professor Dr.a.vyas during the Winter '11 term at NYU Poly.

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16-ME4211 - Perceptions and Reality • Perception § •...

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