When you buy a product in the supermarket, it’s easy enough to check the nutritional facts printed on the packaging. But there is currently no information regarding the cost of the packaging itself. One local woman believes that if information about the cost of packaging was available, manufacturers would be forced to cut back on packaging, in turn reducing landfill waste.
Dawn Densmore has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to add two lines to product labels. She believes consumers would be empowered by knowing the carbon footprint of the products they purchase. She spoke with VPR’s Neal Charnoff about the issue