Plastics are more sustainable than you would think
Plastics are all around us. Plastic products make our lives cleaner, easier, safer and more enjoyable - from the televisions we watch to the CDs we listen to. And yet plastics have a bad reputation when it comes to sustainability. In actual fact, plastics are an organic product like paper and wool, and have many characteristics that make them environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
Plastics: a product of nature
Cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil are the raw materials used in the manufacture of packaging and are all naturally occurring. Clearly, these materials must undergo a manufacturing process to create the final product, but this is the same as with other products such as cardboard and metal. When we look at the bigger picture, we can see that plastics can generate significant cost savings and benefit the environment.
Saving with plastic - the whole picture
Plastics have the following characteristics which make them cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly:
- They are lightweight, which lowers transportation costs and fuel emissions
- They are strong, so product damage and loss can easily be avoided
- They are easy to recycle, meaning new products can be created over and over
Watch the following movie to see how plastics can contribute to a sustainable world:
How sustainable is plastic CurTec packaging?
CurTec’s plastic packaging is lightweight, strong, reusable and easy to recycle - all of which make it highly cost-efficient. CurTec only uses polyolefins sourced from recommended plastic manufacturers, and all our products are backed by a complete quality assurance program including HACCP, DMF and cGMP (certificate pending).
What about the sustainability of other packaging?
What is the most sustainable packaging one can choose? A case could easily be made for plastic, but if a glass manufacturer was asked if glass bottles are more sustainable than plastic bottles, they would of course say yes.
A great deal depends on the variables included in the equation and how broad a picture is considered. For instance, glass production requires a large amount of energy, but its sole raw material, sand, is abundant. Plastic is far lighter and easier to transport, but is produced from scarcer petroleum. It all comes down to individual point of view.
Sustainability is not just about a choice of materials; many factors in packaging manufacture determine environmental impact. CurTec can help you discover them.
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