Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging

 Some excellent points being made in relation to plastic packaging – recycling education is key to packaging waste

Gary Buchalter, Innovations Director, RPC bpi protec, warns against demonising plastic packaging and writes about the potential benefits plastics packaging can have to cut food waste. 

Without doubt we need to recognise the impact that the amount of plastic in our oceans has on our planet.  However, the anti-plastic sentiment currently dominating certain sections of the media is in real danger of demonising a material that is making a major contribution to a more sustainable world. Plastic is often best material for the job, and we all need to work on improving the public’s understanding of many of the real issues, such as recycling, global waste management, minimising food waste and taking personal responsibility for litter. Otherwise, by moving to replace plastic in a reaction to a perception of what is ‘Green’, we risk a series of unintended consequences with far greater environmental impact than plastic now causes.

 

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