The hottest research proves that plastic is the mo

2022-08-08
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Research has proved that plastic is the packaging material most in line with sustainable development

most of the time, when we talk about plastic packaging and sustainability, we always focus on lightweight bioplastics. However, a new research report points out that the plastic packaging made of petrochemical products you usually use actually has better environmental performance

the theme of this report is "the impact of plastic packaging on the life cycle energy consumption of general metal materials in the United States and Canada is based on the impact of national standard marking distance consumption and greenhouse gas emissions". It concludes that compared with alternative products made of other materials, six types of plastic packaging help significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This study aims to provide a transparent and detailed life cycle assessment that meets the criteria, quantifying the energy and environmental benefits of using various daily plastic packaging compared to alternative products

this report, jointly released by the American Chemical Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, assessed the energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions of six basic plastic packaging products produced and sold in the United States and Canada, including bottle caps and closures, beverage containers, other hard containers, handbags (shopping bags), stretch/shrink packaging, and other soft packaging

"as we all know, plastic packaging plays an important role in protecting products. This survey report proves that plastic packaging can significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and can make a great contribution to achieving sustainable development." Steve Russell, vice president of the plastics branch of the American Chemical Council, said at the press conference

researchers used the life cycle research method to compare a large number of plastic packaging products and packaging made of alternative materials. The survey results are very interesting

the study found that taking 2010 as the benchmark, replacing all these six types of plastic packaging with non plastic substitute products in the United States will lead to the following:

in terms of weight, 4.5 times of packaging materials are required, and the annual consumption of packaging materials in the United States will increase by nearly 55million tons (110billion pounds)

energy consumption will increase by 80%, equivalent to the energy capacity of 91 VLCC

the global warming potential will increase by 130%, equivalent to 15.7 million more cars on the road

"reduction, reuse, regeneration and recovery are essential for understanding, measuring and improving sustainable development," russel8 Modular function of test standard: it provides the test standard setting that users need to set. L said, "this survey shows that reducing or optimizing packaging design in the first step of processing can bring great benefits, and this benefit will run through the whole life cycle of products."

"in addition, plastic manufacturers in the United States are trying to increase recycling, reduce environmental pollution and improve the environmental performance of plastics." Russell said

the report contains more than 50 tables, 16 charts and illustrations, and examines the main life cycle stages of each packaging: raw material production, packaging manufacturing, distribution and transportation, post-consumption treatment and recycling

according to the American Chemical Council, in 2012, the continuous improvement of the professional talents of individual consumers was the strong driving force for the skill transformation of an industry. The domestic plastic recycling volume in the United States exceeded 5billion pounds. Most Americans have the ability to recycle plastic after use (such as recycling plastic waste to roadside garbage cans in residential areas or community garbage centers), which is very good. However, in most regions, the demand for recycled plastics has exceeded the supply. Many people have told Russell that some cities and towns with insufficient infrastructure and recycling initiatives continue to have doubts about plastics and recycling

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