Canadian Plastics

Environmental benefits of plastic*

According to European studies, using plastics for food packaging can lead to energy savings that total over twice the energy needed to produce, fill and transport the packaging in the first place. ...


April 1, 2001
By Canadian Plastics

According to European studies, using plastics for food packaging can lead to energy savings that total over twice the energy needed to produce, fill and transport the packaging in the first place.

Without plastics packaging, overall packaging construction would increase by almost 300% by weight, leading to an increase in manufacturing energy by 108% and volume of waste by 158%, according to European studies.

Plastics play an integral role in the design of renewable energy technologies (i.e. wind turbines and solar panels) and in this way, also help extend the life of fossil fuel reserves.

Not only do plastics lighten the load in automotive and consumer durable goods sectors, they can also offer improved strength and durability, as well as increase the longevity of the product.

* Courtesy of EPIC