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Alternatives To Plastic Packaging

Plastic packaging is everywhere is it not? How many days go by without you opening some form of plastic packaging? Very few at all if any, I would guess.

Plastic is in such widespread use as it is cheap to produce, it can also be made to fit just about any purpose, and it is very lightweight – meaning that carriage costs are kept down.

However it is one of the hardest materials to recycle as virtually no plastic packaging is biodegradable or recyclable. Yet it is the most predominant form of packaging that we come across each day.

So what are the alternatives? Well visit:- the main alternative form of packaging has to be cardboard.

However cardboard has its limitations, as unlike plastic it cannot be made to form just any shape.

That said the uses of cardboard are becoming ever more creative, as cardboard can now be coated to make it waterproof which means that it is now being used to hold liquids such as fruit juices. This means that it is now replacing plastic cartons as packaging.

One of the other alternatives to plastics, such as bubble wrap, is the introduction of paper based bubble wrap. This is made up of two sheets of paper bonded together that are inflated to form an over sized version of bubble wrap.

This is growing in popularity as a packaging material as it can be recycled unlike plastic bubble wrap.

Overall it is hard to beat plastic as a packaging material, and for a lot of goods you cannot use anything else. However with a bit of thought there are several alternatives to plastic packaging.


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