Packaging can be minimized by concentrating the product, thereby reducing the packaging size needed and the transport greenhouse gas emissions. Rethinking products like this usually maintains or even improves the user experience. Examples include switching beverages, shampoo, or cleaning products to concentrated formulas (1).
Note: High in this instance implies the solution is highly applicable to the plastic type. Medium indicates potential to apply this solution to the relevant plastic type in some cases. Low implies major barriers and, generally speaking, this solution cannot be used in conjunction with the plastic type.
Many examples of successful reuse programs for plastic packaging are currently from outside the U.S. However, more U.S. case studies are emerging and will be included in the future. The following are used for general information and illustrative purposes and do not reflect a preference of or an endorsement by The Recycling Partnership or our affiliates or vendors.
(1) Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Upstream Innovation. A guide to packaging solutions. (Link)