Innovative Plastic Packaging
Plastics have become a preferred packaging material for many reasons, including significant environmental benefits. Simply put, plastics help make packaging more efficient, thereby, conserving resources.
Plastics help companies use less packaging material. For example, merely two pounds of plastic can deliver 1,000 ounces roughly eight gallons of a beverage, whereas three pounds of aluminum, eight pounds of steel or 27 pounds of glass would be needed to deliver the same amount.
Plastic packaging is lighter than other types of packaging, which means lighter loads and fewer trucks on our highways, helping to reduce transportation fuel and greenhouse gas emissions.
In fact, plastic products have been shown to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 56 percent and energy use by 26 percent compared to alternatives.
Innovations in packaging continue to reduce the amount of plastic needed for the job. For example, today's plastic bottles and milk jugs are 30 percent lighter than they were in the 1970s. One highly familiar example might be in your hand right now. Recent advances have made many handheld plastic water, soda and juice bottles even lighter, using less plastic than ever before. (And when you're finished, don't forget to recycle.)