As a result, in the U.S. we generate 300 pounds of packaging waste per person each year and 32% of the entire domestic waste stream consists of containers and packaging. Because the Southern U.S. is the largest paper producing region in the world, and more than half of all paper production goes to paper packaging, our society's decisions about packaging directly impact Southern forests.
The paper packaging industry needs reform. We must reduce the amount of paper in packaging; increase post consumer fiber used for packaging; and ensure that paper products are not coming from endangered forests.
Ask International Paper, the largest paper company to lead their industry in reforming!