Sustainable Plastic Packaging
Through source reduction, lightweighting, and recycling, plastic packaging is helping address sustainability concerns across industries and reduce environmental impact.
Resins and Types of Packaging
Plastic is often a more efficient material to choose than alternatives. That’s because plastics are incredibly energy efficient to manufacture and because they are lighter than alternative materials. Just two pounds of plastic can deliver 10 gallons of a beverage. You’d need three pounds of aluminum, eight pounds of steel, or over 40 pounds of glass to bring home the same amount of a beverage. Here’s a look at some plastic resins and some of the ways they’re commonly used in packaging applications.
Sustainable Packaging Design
Plastic packaging is lightweight, cost-efficient, and does a great job protecting and preserving food. When talking about packaging sustainability, it’s important to think about packaging sustainability and responsible management of resources in terms of the whole waste hierarchy—the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. It is known as a “hierarchy” because REDUCING our use of materials from the start is the most important R. Reducing the overall use of material equates to savings in the form of raw materials never extracted, energy and water not used, and decreased transport requirements. Check it out, in depth.
Plastic Packaging Innovation
For decades plastics have driven innovation in packaging design. From tamper-resistant medicine packaging to the new Heinz dip/squeeze packet, plastic helps drive innovation and is a leading material in creating effective packaging solutions for a variety of needs. The packaging stream is evolving. Resource-efficient flexible plastic packaging provides outstanding product protection in innovative formats. Currently, in North America, flexible plastic packaging is not typically accepted in recycling programs. As the expectation for full lifecycle management of packaging increases, it is important that the related industries take part in the foundation of future solutions to provide effective and economic recovery options for flexible plastic packaging.