Is plastic the most sustainable material for packaging?

03/06/2014

Most of the time when there is talk about plastic packaging and sustainability, it centers on lightweighting, bioplastics, etc. However, a new study argues that your typical plastic packaging made from petrochemicals do just fine in enhancing a package's environmental performance.

The study, "Impact of Plastics Packaging on Life Cycle Energy Consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States and Canada," determined that six categories of plastic packaging help to significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging alternatives made with other materials. The study aims to provide a transparent, detailed life cycle assessment that quantifies the energy and climate benefits of using various types of everyday plastic packaging compared to alternatives.
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