Lately, more consumers are showing improvements in recycling plastic packaging, and conversely, the packaging industry is steadily moving more towards plastic package design for products. This hand-in-hand effort requires the teamwork of both consumer and industry. If the packaging industry continued to utilize packaging like Styrofoam or other non-environmental friendly packaging designs, it would not allow consumers the opportunity to participate in recycling.
According to a Post Consumer Plastics Recycling report, which is based on results from the survey of organizations that handle recycled plastics in both the United States and Canada, over 285 million kilograms of recycled plastic packaging was collected last year alone. These numbers include recycling from manufacturers, exporters, brokers, and material recovery facilities that are all doing their part as well as consumers when it comes to recycling plastic packaging.
Here is a few more numbers according to Post Consumer Plastics Recycling report that pertain to recycling plastic packaging. Approximately 175 million kilograms of plastic bottles were recycled, that is an increase of 3% from just the year prior. Along with this increase in recycling of plastic bottles, other plastic packaging showed a significant rise in recycling. Rigid plastic packaging design, which is typically used as food storage containers showed an increase of 29% in recycling, as well as plastic wrappers and bags increased in recycling by 18%. These numbers make it evident, if industry is willing to provide consumers with eco-friendly plastic packaging design, then consumers will put forth the effort in recycling plastic packaging.
Plastic packaging design among the packaging industry is virtually limitless in the realm of its uses. It is used for everything including plastic bottles for beverages, rigid plastics for food storage containers, plastic films, plastic bags for product protection, and much more. The value plastic packaging has on both the packaging industry, as well as its recycling ability, is immeasurable.
Allen Field Inc. is responsible for producing products with the highest quality plastic materials that are biodegradable to ensure the quality as well as the recyclability of our client’s products. We also believe that by utilizing eco-friendly plastic packaging instead of harmful alternatives, we are enabling both industry and consumer to do their part in recycling plastics. For more information on how Allen Field Inc.’s packaging design innovation can ensure the safety of your products and the environment, contact us today at 800-535-0810.