Plastic bottles have long been used in our day to day lives. From pharmaceutical applications to home and garage use, plastic packaging has grown enormously in the past several years. There are many reasons for this growth, but the primary benefits of plastic packaging.
In this blog, we’ll briefly explore the top 4advantages of using plastic packaging.
1) Light and secure to use:
Packaging exists to protect, preserve and promote products and goods, enabling us to safely buy and use the items we choose. With the growth in convenience on-the-go consumption, and the continuing popularity of ready-to-eat foods, for example, plastic is meeting the demands we have all generated.
Plastic bottles and packaging is more durable and secure than alternative forms of packaging such as glass. It is more likely to retain its shape and integrity when handled or dropped onto a hard surface. This makes plastic bottles an ideal solution for industries which transport large quantities of products.
In addition to this, may plastic bottles offer protection from potential leaks which other forms of packaging cannot retain. This is especially helpful for the chemical and motor industry. In short, only plastic packaging offers the security, convenience and reliability that industries and consumers have come to expect from products.
2) Reduced food waste
In sub-Saharan Africa, 50% of fruits and vegetables are lost in the post-harvest stage or processes. This when 70% of its people rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and many of whom are also part of the world’s 1.3 billion who are food insecure. (Source: The Rockefeller Foundation)
There are many ways in which we can reduce food waste – better harvesting techniques on the farm, improved production processes in the factory, cooking only the required amount in the home – and plastic is one material that can play a key role at many different stages of the supply chain.
Agricultural films, for example, protect crops, and manage light transmission, diffusion and temperature control in commercial growing applications; plastic containers provide safe and hygienic storage for the transport of ingredients and raw materials; and plastic packaging is the ideal solution for keeping foods fresher for longer and protecting them from damage.
3) Easily Recycled
Another important advantage of plastics packaging is, it can be recycled after its use thereby reducing the environmental pollution. This is the major reason why this packaging material has gained immense popularity these days.
Whilst many see biodegradable plastics as good, the understanding that degradable plastics can often exacerbate rather than solve the problem is also not entirely accurate. Designing plastic products for the Circular Economy, where plastic is captured and reused rather than simply disposed of, is becoming more popular by the day. All plastics can be recycled, some more easily than others, and helping consumers recognise it as a highly valuable material that needs to be recycled as much as possible is a key objective for businesses and countries alike.
No other recycled material available offers the flexibility and durability that plastics do. Recycled plastic can become any number of things from T-shirts, to Plaswood benches, to new packaging. It’s up to us to use this fact to our advantage rather than eliminate the resource altogether.
4) Lowers consumer cost:
Plastic packaging is light, durable and can be produced en-masse. All of these benefits make it easier for producers to get their products out to market and in the hand of consumers, but it also passes on the benefits of cost-savings.
Because plastics are lighter to transport and are durable enough to withstand logistical activities, they save money through fuel costs and prevent product waste. These costs can drive the price of products down for consumers, which is especially important for developing economies like South Africa.
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Plastic packaging is essential to the development of economies and the upliftment of developing communities. It offers a stable solution for recycling and sustainability for people around the world.
As a proudly South African plastic bottle manufacturer, we supply pharmaceutical, chemical, recreational and other industries with plastic bottles to drive their success and satisfy consumer demand. If you would like to find out more about plastics, check out the rest of our blog. If you would like to order your own plastic bottles, be sure to contact us and we’ll get back to you with a personal quote.