Supermarkets scolded for excessive packaging

Excessive packaging is rampant in high street stores and the consumer is paying up to twice the price for goods as a result, according to a survey by Friends of the Earth (FoE).1 The packaging industry has condemned the report as inaccurate and misleading.

FoE's report is intended to highlight the continuing increase in packaging of household products. The group says that packaging consumption in this sector has grown by 7% since 1987 and is expected to rise by a further 9% by 1999.

The report is also part of the FoE's campaign for the reinstatement of a ceiling on per capita packaging consumption which featured in early drafts of the EC Directive on packaging waste but was deleted from the

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