There isn’t another material on the planet that is as versatile, durable, flexible, and lightweight as plastic containers. By various manufacturing techniques, they can be molded into any desirable form. From houses to supermarkets, plastic containers are extremely useful and are used almost everywhere.
Before we understand why plastic containers triumph over other materials, let us first have a look at the different types of plastic containers used in our everyday lives:
Made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), plastic canisters don’t get damaged with heat or water, unlike other materials. Moreover, they are airtight and preserve the freshness of the content stored in them.
Usually made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), plastic bottles are lightweight, which makes them easier to carry around. They also provide excellent thermal insulation. This makes them an ideal choice for storing cold or hot liquids.
From shopping trays to trays used in canteens and food service industries, you can find plastic trays used almost everywhere. They can be made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PE) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic. They are one of the best ways to transport goods and can be used and washed multiple times.
Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polypropylene (PE), plastic food containers keep food properly sealed. One can either store perishables by freezing them or cook food and then store it without contaminating or spoiling it.
If these weren’t reasons enough to choose plastic containers, let’s look at some incredible benefits that plastic containers have to offer:
1) Low Maintenance
Plastic containers are extremely durable and do not require high maintenance like other materials. Containers made of metal or glass may develop cracks due to extreme weather conditions. In addition, there are chances of metal containers to scrape or rust after regular usage. This, however, isn’t the case with containers made from plastic.
Plastic is economical when compared to wood or metal. Containers made from plastic can be bought at a very low cost. Moreover, plastic containers are sturdy and are less likely to be damaged. Imagine the expenses saved on repair and maintenance.
3) Prevent Food Waste
Plastic containers help preserve the flavor, texture, and nutrients of food by locking out air. They prevent the absorption of nasty odors and flavors which could lead to food waste. What’s more, they can help preserve food freshness as it creates a vacuum and controls the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
4) Plastics are Recyclable
Plastic is a highly versatile material and can be reused and recycled many times. When compared to glass containers, the recycling of plastic is growing. Each year over 40% of plastic containers made are recycled, as compared to 20% of glass ones.
The benefits of plastic containers are numerous! These benefits are, in fact, the reasons for their popularity despite the competition from glass, metal, and wood containers. If you are interested in knowing more about plastic containers and want to connect with industry leaders, then make sure to visit Plastivision 2019, India’s largest trade show for plastic finished products. Register today!