Sustainability Advantages of Plastic Packaging vs. Glass or Aluminum

Plastic packaging often comes under a harsh spotlight when the word “sustainability” is mentioned.

However, when compared to alternative materials, it fares better than you might be led to believe. Consider energy. It takes considerably more energy to recycle glass and aluminum, as well as manufacture packaging from their post-consumer-use materials. Plastic used in a similar size container to glass weighs considerably less, thereby reducing shipping costs and transportation fuel consumption (both important sustainability factors). And then there is the possibility of glass packaging breaking during handling. Today’s plastics offer a variety of material options, advanced properties, manufacturing techniques, and recycling opportunities when compared to other competing materials.

So, who comes out ahead? If the answer to your needs is plastics, contact us and discover how we can help.