The Pick of Packaging

As consumers demand better packaging, manufacturers are devising more innovative ways to conserve resources. Here is a rundown of some of the novel packaging options—along with an old standby or two.

Of course, the easiest way to conserve resources is to reduce the use of materials in packaging and rely instead on reusable containers—like old-style beer growlers and milk jugs—but substituting materials can also be a positive strategy. Any time you use fossil-fuel-derived plastic for packaging, for example, you still encounter the hazards associated with plastics production and disposal.