Good plastic or bad plastic? Factory Suppliers Manufacturers Quotes

Good plastic or bad plastic?

Good plastic or bad plastic?

Plastic is perceived as the least sustainable packaging material. Yet if it was banned tomorrow, the whole infrastructure of how we shop and feed ourselves would need to change, says Barrington Pamplin, technical director at consultancy ThePackHub.

So is plastic really that bad? “Plastics have been demonised but sometimes they are the more sustainable option,” says Sam Jones, customer sustainability manager at DS Smith.

He offers the example of their plastic beer crates, which can be used for 17 years, then ground and reformed again in 30 minutes.

Like aluminium and glass, which are more carbon intensive to produce, some plastics can be recycled.

In the UK, Coca-Cola, at a cost of £250 million over five years, has developed new technologies that mean 100 per cent of the packaging the company uses, both primary and secondary, is recyclable.

“While we do not view our packs as ‘single use’,” says Liz Lowe, corporate responsibility and sustainability manager at Coca-Cola Great Britain, “the fact is too many consumers still do.”

According to many industry experts, part of the plastics problem is that the material is perceived as having no value, unlike glass or aluminium, so it is often thrown away instead of recycled.


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