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Why Plastic, Why Plastic Packaging

Packaging has a key role to play in helping society live more sustainably. Without it, many of the goods manufactured or grown would be damaged or spoiled before they reached the shops. 

Packaging should be designed to satisfy technical, consumer and customer needs in a way that minimises environmental impact. This means, that amongst other things, packaging should be designed to use the minimum amount of resources for purpose and once it has completed its job, the scope for recycling or recovery maximised.

Industries involved in the packaging industry understand the demonstrable benefits of plastics as a packaging material. Its lightweight nature is of particular benefit due to transport cost minimisation. In addition, plastics are often the most appropriate material to meet consumer demands of ensured freshness, safety and product visibility.

Above all, plastics are used in packaging so commonly because of the unique combination of benefits they offer; 

Durability: The long polymer chains which constitute the plastics raw material make it difficult to break.

Safety: Plastics packaging is shatterproof and does not fragment into dangerous shards when dropped.

Hygiene: Plastics packaging is ideal for the packaging of foodstuffs, medicines and pharmaceuticals. It can be filled and sealed without human intervention. The materials used, both plastics raw materials and additives, fulfill all food safety legislation at national and European Union levels.

Security: Plastics packaging can be produced and used with tamper-evident and child resistant closures. The transparency of the pack enables users to examine the condition of the goods prior to purchase.

Light Weight: Plastics packaging items are low in weight but high in strength. Hence products packed in plastics are easy to lift and handle by consumers and by personnel in the distribution chain.

Design Freedom: The properties of the materials combined with the array of processing technologies employed in the industry, ranging from injection and blow moulding to thermoforming, enable the production of an infinite number of pack shapes and configurations. Additionally the extensive range of colouring possibilities and the ease of printing and decoration facilitate brand identification and information for the consumer.

Additional information on plastic as a packaging material can be found here;

BPF Plastic Packaging Brochure http://www.bpf.co.uk/Packaging/Downloads_and_Videos/Default.aspx

INCPEN Facts About Packaging factsheet

http://www.incpen.org/displayarticle.asp?a=2&c=2

Find Out More About Plastic and Packaging

There are range of trade associations and groups that cover packaging and plastics.

The History of Plastic

The development of plastic materials started with the use of natural materials with plastic properties then evolved with the development of chemically modified natural materials.

How are plastics made?

Plastic is produced from oil, which begins with a distillation process in a refinery. This involves the separation of heavy crude oil into lighter groups called fractions.

Beyond plastics

If you would like information relating to the use or recycling of other materials, we recommend the organisations that can be found here.

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