The 6 Least-Green Packaging Materials To Avoid (PHOTOS)

07/28/2010 08:20 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

From The Daily Green's Carol Thompson:

On July 1st, Seattle banned single-use food packaging. Restaurants in the city are now required to use recyclable or compostable packaging and provide bins for customers to dispose of the material. The city hopes it will save 6,000 tons of food packaging waste from being deposited in a landfill and produce compost it can sell for gardens and landscaping.

This new legislation highlights the growing impact that packaging - which represents about 65% of household garbage and 33% of the refuse in an average landfill - is having on the environment. With recycling, composting and switching to reusable containers, packaging waste can be greatly diminished. Check out our list of the worst packaging offenders and what alternatives you can use to reduce their environmental impact.

Also see the most absurdly wasteful food packaging we could find at the grocery store.

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