Industrial plastic containers have become necessary elements in the common use of all the current society. There is no doubt that it has become indispensable in all aspects of daily life. Its presence is in any field, such as the food, pharmaceutical, personal care and cosmetology sectors, among others.
However, many of us have wondered why it is so massively present. And the answer is very easy: it has to do with its low cost and variety. Since plastic showed the great diversity in its completely synthetic components that characterizes it as modern plastics and that began to appear a hundred years ago, its use became increasingly popular.
In this sense, the world production of plastics has increased considerably in the last 50 years, and especially in the last decades. In fact, more plastic has been produced in the last ten years than in all of human history.
Plastic and its diversity
Although the industry produces a large number of different types of plastics, the market is dominated by four main types:
- Polyethylene (PE): Plastic bags, plastic sheets and films, containers (including bottles), cosmetic microspheres and abrasive products.
- Polyester (PET): Bottles, containers, clothing, X-ray film, etc.
- Polypropylene (PP): Household appliances, garden furniture, vehicle components, etc.
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC): Pipes and fittings, valves, windows, etc.
Industry representatives assure that, plastic as it is currently produced, is a constant source of innovation that contributes to sustainability, safety, longer life and better performance.
The importance of plastic packaging in the food industry
Plastics, and especially industrial packaging, are an ideal solution to combat the food waste that occurs globally every year. They contribute with efficient and diverse options to make food reach consumers with high quality and long life. The result is a significant reduction in waste, energy consumption and resources used.
Less food waste
It allows to be an adequate packaging and transport solution to maintain quality and freshness during the trip from the field to the table.
Extends the shelf life of products
It favors the fresh and longer conservation of the food. This allows the consumer to enjoy their organic product longer and to consume healthy food.
Hygiene and security
It is a protector against food contamination. It is a barrier against microbes, moisture and UV rays. It also prevents physical damage, especially in the transport of vulnerable fruits.
It is usually light and therefore contributes to saving transport costs and resources. Resistant to humidity, heat and cold, which facilitates proper preservation and distribution options.
Highly valuable for disposal
The plastic container retains its value even after its useful life. It can be recycled and converted into new products or recovered in the form of energy, thus saving on fossil fuels.