10 Steps to Greener Packaging

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4. Ask an expert

Switching to green packaging doesn’t automatically make you an environmental expert. If going green is a goal but not your forte, reach out to an organization or individual who does specialize in sustainability to help you make the tough decisions. For example, the nonprofit Sustainable Packaging Coalition licenses software that analyzes a package’s environmental footprint. Ecology or environmental science professors at many universities will also study specifics such as greenhouse gas emissions or toxicity. Keep in mind that even the expects don’t have all the answers. They can only help point you in the right direction.