Plastic & Environment
Plastic is a topic of discussion in our society. But is this justified?
Packaging has an impact on the environment: raw materials and energy are needed to make them and they give us waste. But packaging is often also very useful. Food has a longer shelf life because of this packaging and will be less damaged during transportation and storage. Because of this, we are throwing out less food and also need to buy less new food. The environmental impact of throwing out food is bigger than the impact of its packaging.
How does plastic packaging compare to alternative packaging, like paper, tin or glass in the area of sustainability?
Much research has been done on this topic. Plastic appears to be the best option for many applications when you look at its CO-2 footprint.
This is because plastic is a strong material with a low density. Because of this quality, we can manufacture plastic products very thin, which results in much lighter packaging then when made out of alternative raw materials. This means a low quantity of raw material per packaging and is also very efficient in the logistic area.
But what about the plastic soup?
Plastic in the environment is not okay, we can be brief about that. But can we blame the plastic? Or does the problem lie with people: the person who dumps it in nature? Plastic is a raw material. Like cardboard, tin or glass are also raw materials. Worldwide we need to be careful with these materials and collect them properly.