The producers of the In Focus educational TV program starring Martin Sheen have announced that they will spotlight a new trend taking hold across America's consumption-driven economy, sustainable packaging, in an upcoming series. This In Focus Martin Sheen series will look at various ways that companies save money and help the environment by reducing the amount of packaging on the goods and items they produce and sell.
All along the supply chain, from factories to store shelves, companies have started to reduce the impact that their products and the components they make have on the environment. Companies that produce components for use in electronics, automobiles, appliances and other applications can use smaller boxes and less packaging to send these components up the supply chain, where other companies then use these components in their finished products.
Smaller packaging costs companies less money, and lead to less waste. Smaller boxes, less [expanded polystyrene] foam packaging and less plastic all lead to less garbage winding up in landfills.
The In Focus with Martin Sheen show, which is carried on public television outlets across the United States, including some stations affiliated with PBS, will profile different companies across the economy that have reduced their ecological footprint and their expenses by embracing sustainable packaging. The TV program will highlight examples of this "green" trend in many industries throughout the nation, and inform the public about how this trend makes sense in multiple ways. The Martin Sheen PBS program's producers will speak with company executives at firms across the country to learn how using less packaging helps companies save.