The Food Packaging Forum reports on the article “Sustainable (food) packaging – An overview” by David A. M. Russell, which was published online October 23, 2013 in the peer-reviewed journal Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A. The author from Sustainability Business Innovations, Siebnen, Switzerland, claims that a holistic assessment along the whole chain from production to consumption will eventually increase product or service sustainability. According to the triple bottom line, the author claims that a product’s life cycle impact on the ecologic, social and environmental dimensions should be assessed in detail in order to prevent negative short and long term consequences. Russell states that relying only on common estimates of sustainability as CO2 or water foot prints might lead to biased conclusions and unfavorable measures.

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