Not really a whole packaging package exactly. The Packaging Reduction Act of 2008 (H.R. 2365) is really just a single bill, not yet passed. Its stated goal is “to reduce the total amount of packaging used on consumer products in the United States” by 30%. Introduced last June by Rep. Anthony David Weiner, Congressman of New York’s 9th District.
I support regulations like these, particularly when the alternative seems to be “the honor system.” And I think it could actually benefit the manufacturer. If all packaging must be sustainable, then, yes, you must now invest in sustainable packaging, but so must your competitors.
The sticking point that I wonder about: how can anyone say with precision, which packaging is excessive? With such a variety of products and packaging, how can we quantify exactly how much protection a fragile product should require? Or exactly how much security an expensive item is entitled to? Interestingly, The Packaging Reduction Act assigns that difficult task—(of coming up with a method of measurement)—to the EPA. The full text of the bill can be read here. Its progress can be tracked here.
But as long the government is currently weighing batches of legislation, bundled into fiscal or stimulus “packages” then I say: Why not go for a comprehensive Packaging Package?
(via: Sustainable is Good)
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