A Plastic Planet Head of Retail Solutions Paul Foulkes-Arellano explores the raft of alternatives to conventional plastic packaging.
Packaging is changing. With consumers becoming more and more aware of the impact of plastic pollution, manufacturers are lining up to offer a raft of alternatives to petrochemical plastics. Industry is increasingly moving towards both compostable plastic packaging and zero-plastic packs, ensuring firms that demonstrate real innovation are set to reap huge rewards in the years ahead.
Currently there are four tried-and-tested alternatives to conventional plastic packaging: aluminium, steel, glass, and paper. Non-compostable bioplastics also purport to be a viable alternative, yet there is a danger of them ending up in landfill or at the bottom of the ocean eventually. Non-compostable plastics remain in the environment for hundreds of years. They cannot be recycled ad-infinitum.
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