Thursday, 26 September 2019
Plastic still currently stands strong as the preferred packaging material worldwide. A shift is, however, expected, with regular citizen and political figures alike pushing up the issue.
Awareness has been raised on a global scale in terms of pollution. More people are acknowledging how much plastic waste goes into the oceans and how this is affecting marine life and sea birds. Plastic still currently stands strong as the preferred packaging material worldwide.
A shift is, however, expected, with regular citizen and political figures alike pushing up the issue.
At the base of the plastic-pollution debates stands the single-use plastic bottle made from PET, this being the most frequently encountered item among sea and ocean trash.
Despite the global directives aiming to increase PET bottle collection in the years to come, effective relying methods haven’t been created. So the real purpose here would be seeking an alternative.
Aluminum is an option discussed at the moment, as the greener choice. In terms of manufacturing, both plastic and aluminum have a rather high environmental impact, the differences being rather slim between the two materials.
However, aluminum surpasses plastic in the recycling department, increasing significantly in recycling rates over the last few years.
Despite the data that shows aluminum cans have a longer shelf life and PET bottle consumption is increasing, brands thinking of providing cans of water as a plastic-bottle alternative could encounter a receptive market.
Both materials have their own challenges, so it’s still unclear whether aluminum cans will actually take the place of PETs and become consumers’ preferred choice
Are plastic bottles being replaced by aluminum cans?