Further Improvement And Promotion Of Plastic Packaging Machinery Material Enterprises In China

- Jan 29, 2018 -

A new study shows that six plastic packaging materials can significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging made of other materials.

The study by FranklinAssociates for the preparation of the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, and in 2010 as the base year, the data shows that the use of other materials instead of plastic packaging will make packing weight 4.5 times, and the energy consumption increased by 80%, global warming potential to enhance the value of 130%.

KeithChristman, general manager of the plastics market at the chemical Council in the United States, says its advantages are reflected in a wide variety of applications and materials. Because plastics use much less material, greenhouse gas emissions are greatly reduced. All types of plastic materials amount to about 15000000 cars on the road.

This study proposes six main packaging resin, including low density polyethylene, polypropylene, high density PE, PVC, and PET is better than that of styrene foam, paper, glass, steel, aluminum, textile, rubber and cork. The study examined the effects of materials used in lids and closures, beverage containers, other hard containers, shopping bags, shrink films, and other flexible packages in a detailed life cycle assessment.

Christman said that in the past, there were separate studies of specific products, including plastic bags, vs. tuna cans, EPSvs. paper cups, and so on. But the latest study, known as the impact of plastic packaging on life cycle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and Canada, is extensive.

The results include more than 50 tables and 16 charts and diagrams, and examine the major life cycle stages of the package: raw material production, packaging, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, post consumer disposal, and regeneration.

The study also cited the possible consequences of the proposed and recently implemented ban on plastic packaging products, Christman said. Statistics show that, although the ban on plastic bottles may eliminate plastic bottles in waterways, but will greatly increase production, transportation and even glass regeneration energy consumption.

Most of the time, when we talk about plastic packaging and sustainability, we're always focusing on lightweight bioplastics. But a new research report suggests that the plastic packaging you normally use made from petrochemicals is actually better for the environment.

The report on the "impact" of the United States and Canada plastic packaging for the life cycle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as the theme, that compared to other material substitute products, six types of plastic packaging to help significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The study aims to provide a transparent, detailed life-cycle assessment to quantify the energy and environmental benefits of alternative products using a variety of everyday plastic packaging.

The report issued jointly by the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, six kinds of basic plastic packaging and sold in the United States and Canada production of energy demand and GHG emissions assessment, including the bottle cork, beverage containers, containers and other hard bag (shopping bag), stretch / shrink packaging, and other soft quality packaging.

As is known to all, plastic packaging plays an important role in the protection of products. The survey shows that plastic packaging can significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute significantly to the achievement of sustainable development." SteveRussell, vice president of the Plastics Council of the chemical Council of the United States, said at a news conference.

The researchers used life cycle studies to compare packaging between a large number of plastic packaging products and alternative materials, and the findings were interesting.

The study found that in 2010, the use of non plastic alternatives to replace all six plastic packaging in the United States would be the case:

As far as the weight is concerned, 4.5 times of packing materials will be needed, and the annual consumption of American packaging materials will increase by nearly 55 million tons (110 billion pounds);

Energy consumption will increase by 80%, equivalent to the amount of energy installed by 91 super large tankers;

Global warming potential is increased by 130%, equivalent to 15 million 700 thousand more cars on the road.

"Reduce, reuse, recycling and recovery, the four points of understanding, and it is essential to improve the measure of sustainable development," Russell said, "the survey shows that reducing or optimization of packaging design can bring huge benefits in processing the first step, and this will benefit the penetration in the entire life cycle of products."

In addition, plastics manufacturers in the United States are working to increase recycling and reduce environmental pollution and improve the environmental performance of plastics." Russell says.

The report contains more than 50 tables, 16 charts and illustrations, examining the major life cycle stages of each package: material production, packaging, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, consumer processing and recycling.

According to the American Chemical Council, in 2012, more than 5 billion pounds of plastic were recycled in the United states. Most Americans have the ability to recycle plastic after their use (such as recycling plastic waste to residential roadside garbage cans or community waste centers), which is very good. But in most areas, demand for recycled plastics has exceeded supply. Many people have told Russell that cities and towns with inadequate infrastructure and recycling initiatives are still stuck with "chicken and egg" doubts about plastics and recycling.

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