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Investors Fight Against Plastic Packaging

The issue of plastics, packaging, and pollution is at its peak influence right now, and companies seem eager to do their part.

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Almost everything we do, or use, comes at a carbon cost. The food we consume is no different. According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 11% of all greenhouse gas emissions are through the agricultural sector, both animal- and plant-based. That is before packaging gets involved. On average, packaging accounts for about 5% of the energy used in the life cycle of a food product--making it a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, the Climate Collaborative says.

Ruth Saldanha does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.