IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute has concluded a comparative study on the environmental performance of different packaging solutions. The study compares the lifecycles of plastic products versus corresponding paper products from BillerudKorsnäs. The results show that paper has more favourable environmental qualities than plastic, such as 50-70% lower greenhouse gas emissions. IVL’s study looks at the entire product lifecycle, from material production until it is thrown away or recycled. Although the transportation and packaging production of plastic products emits less greenhouse gas, the results show that the overall product lifecycle of paper products give rise to far fewer emissions. Production of both paper and plastic packaging is the most energy intense part of production. The study has been verified by Bureau Veritas.
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