Plastic packaging contributes significantly to protecting food from spoilage. Food waste has a much greater environmental impact than packaging waste, especially in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. Plastic packaging for food to travel further, stay longer on shelves, and prevent large amounts of food from being dumped in the trash. Since the production of food itself requires quite a lot of resources, it makes ecological sense to protect food for as long as possible so that the resources invested in its growth are not wasted.
REASONS TO USE PLASTIC PACKAGING
Durability: Plastic packages are very durable, so plastic packages can be very thin. This means that it uses fewer resources and requires less space for transportation. This means fewer trucks, trains, or planes are needed for transportation.
Safety: Plastic is hard to break and will not break if the container is dropped or knocked down. This is especially useful in certain environments, such as B. Bathroom, near children, pool, beach, or on the go.
Hygienic: Plastic protects the product from contamination. This is particularly advantageous for medical packaging as the packaging can be hygienically filled and closed without human intervention. (Example: sterile syringe).
Lightweight: Plastic packages are lightweight and take up less space than other packages, reducing the burden on aeroplanes and trucks and reducing emissions.
Safety: Plastic can be sealed or poured into a safety mechanism (eg Child Safety of Pharmaceuticals)
Versatile: Plastic can be processed in different ways. They can be sprayed, injected, or thermoformed. This allows you to package pastes and sauces. Various decorative effects and colours are also available.
Recyclable: Plastic packages can be recycled many times to make new products. The recycling rate and the number of various plastics ecycled in the UK are increasing.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF PLASTIC PACKAGING
HDPE-High Density Polyethylene
This type of plastic is most commonly used in packaging that requires light protection and a rigid container. It can be translucent, like a milk jug, or opaque, like a package of household cleaners or bleach.
PETE is a durable, transparent plastic that is widely used in the manufacture of beverage and food bottles and glass, microwave-compatible food trays, and oven-proof plastic sheets. Once recycled, it will be part of new plastic containers, carpet yarns, polyester textiles, strap materials and shapes used in engineering.
PP-Polypropylene Hard packages that must withstand high heat during the manufacturing processes are often made of polypropylene. This includes bottles and containers for pharmaceuticals, groceries and automotive products. Polypropylene is recycled into automotive products such as signal light covers, ice scrapers and oil funnels, as well as gardening tools and storage shelves.