Aaron L. Brody

This month’s column will examine the findings from a recent study on the environmental impact of various kinds of beer packaging. This study was sponsored by—and applied data directly from—the supplier and the brewer. Thus, by definition, it is biased toward the favored materials. It is intuitively obvious that these life-cycle analyses of beer packaging in four different containers would result in information tilted toward those who paid for the investigation.

A recent report compares the relative environmental impacts of various types of beer packaging—steel and aluminum cans, PET bottles, and glass bottles.

A reason for believing the precedi…

Figure 1: Summary of environmental effects of employing four different package forms for packaging beer.

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