This thesis presents the global challenges behind the need of sustainable development. It links packaging to this need and describes the way packaging can positively contribute to this process. It presents industry examples of "green packaging" that claim to or may actually contribute to sustainable development. It monitors the understanding of packaging professionals for what is called "packaging sustainability" through a custom made on-line survey. Finally it presents a comparison of environmental impacts for different polymer materials used for the production of rigid containers (HDPE, PP, PET, PVC and PLA) through an analysis of Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) data for different life stages.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Packaging--Environmental aspects; Packaging--Materials--Environmental aspects; Sustainable design

Publication Date


Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Packaging Science (CAST)


Jacobs, Deanna

Advisor/Committee Member

Densmore, Craig

Advisor/Committee Member

Myers, James


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