The amount of material used in plastic packaging has been in decline for years. Between 2004 to 2014, the average plastic packaging weight fell by 28% as a consequence of improved technologies and design. Yet, more can be done to reduce its environmental impact.
Why do we need plastic packaging in the first place? And what is Texplast Industries doing about the worlds plastic problem?
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Generally speaking, packaging is only used where it makes economic, environmental, and safety sense to do so. Plastic packaging typically uses less land, less water, and less energy to manufacture than alternatives, and because it is so lightweight, much less fuel is also needed to move it around.
It is not so easy to see, but plastic is playing an important role in lowering our greenhouse gas emissions. Costs to human health, the economy and the ecosystem would be over 5 times higher if we switched away from plastic packaging.
WHY DO WE NEED PLASTIC PACKAGING?
Depending on the type of plastic used and process used to create it, plastics can either be fully flexible (like film) or completely rigid (like plastic bottles). It therefore can be used for an infinite number of packaging purposes, and can be tailor-made to fit the exact needs of a business or producer.
Plastic is a very strong material, making it exceptionally good for packaging purposes. Even a relatively thin plastic wrap is strong enough to hold several litres worth of drinks.
Plastic is the lightest packaging material available. While around half of all goods sent around the world are packaged in plastic, this only accounts for 17 percent of the total packaging weight of all goods sent.
Plastic is waterproof because of its structure, giving it a supernatural form of protection for any product that needs to be kept away from water.
Single-family plastic packaging can be recycled many times over to create new products. If mixed plastic waste could be easily and cost effectively separated, plastic recycling could be the solution to a cleaner and greener future.