Please contact us for a copy of our "Plastic and the Environment" guide. This gives further insight and information on Plastics Paper, the Environment and our range of products.


Did you know:

Producing plastic bags, uses 4% of the water needed to make paper bags, and 4 times less energy.
Wrapping bananas in MAP plastic bags extends their shelf life by 2-3 days
Wrapping a cucumber in plastic extends its shelf life by 14 days
Plastic packaging extends the shelf life of steak by upto 10 days
Plastic bags reduce potato waste by two thirds

Sweden is so good at recycling that it has run out of rubbish and imports 80,000 tonnes a year from Norway

Why do we use plastic?

To be fit for purpose packaging must protect and preserve. Plastic packaging performs this function particularly well and provides many other advantages for consumers, suppliers and society:

Resource Efficient: Plastic packaging saves packaging mass, energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Without it, we would use 2-3 times more resources.

Safer: Plastic is shatter resistant, containers do not break when they are dropped or knocked over, this makes them particularly useful for many environments.

Hygienic: Plastic keeps products free from contamination. This is particularly useful for medical packaging and food. Plastic packaging can be filled and sealed hygienically without any human intervention.

Light Weight: Plastic packaging is lightweight and can take up less space than alternatives, which means lighter loads and lower CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere.

Secure: Plastic can be sealed shut or moulded into a temper evident containers.

Durable: Plastic packaging is so durable you can switch to much thinner alternatives. This means it uses fewer resources and takes up less space and weight.

Versatile: Plastics can be transformed in many different ways. It can be blown, injected or thermoformed. This means it can be used to package almost any form (liquids, pastes etc.) and can be transformed in many different ways.

Recyclable: Plastic packaging can be recycled many times to create new products, the rates of recycling are increasing but we still need to do more in the UK compared to Europe.

Reduced Weight, Reduced Cost...

Plastic components are being used more and more in vehicles, mainly because they help make our vehicles safer. However, because plastic is much lighter than the alternatives (Metal, Glass etc.), it also helps get better miles per gallon when travelling due to the weight saved therefore meaning the engine doesn't have to work as hard to move the vehicle which saves you money and reduces the CO2 released into the atmosphere.

Lower Impact than Paper 

While paper products degrade much faster than plastic, they also require a vast amount of natural resources to create. Many trees and significant amounts of water and energy are needed to produce it, also the manufacturing process creates a lot of waste that can be difficult to remove. While plastics also require resources and energy to create it they make up for it by being easier to recycle and having a far longer life.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP)

The GPGP covers an estimated surface area of 617,763 square miles or 1.6 million square kilometres. An area twice the size of Texas or three times the size of France. 46% of the GPGP is made up of discarded fishing nets - But little action seems to be taking place in this area, yet only 0.03% of the GPGP is made up of Plastic Straws which have seen a ban across the UK.

The FIVE most polluting countries in the world:

The Philippines
Sri Lanka

The TEN most polluting rivers in the world:

The TEN most polluting rivers in the world:
Yangtze - East China Sea
Asia Indus - Arabian Sea
Asia Yellow River - Yellow Sea
Asia Hai He - Yellow Sea
Asia Nile - Mediterranean
Africa Ganges - Bay of Bengal
Asia Pearl River - South China Sea
Asia Amur - Sea of Okhotsk
Asia Niger - Gulf of Guinea
Africa Mekong - South China Sea, Asia

Combined, these countries dump more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined. Which accounts for 60% of the plastic in world seas.

So is Plastic really the problem?... Or is the problem the lack of education, disposal and recycling facilities?