The role of plastic packaging is very wide and entrenched in the market industry. Nearly every business from small to big is using the plastic bags to purchase their products in the world. On one hand, it has incurred great advantages for the business community. On another hand, a plastic bag has afflicted great burden and issues for the environment. More than 78 million tonnes of plastic packaging is produced worldwide every year by an industry worth nearly $198 billion. Just a fraction of that is recycled while the vast majority is thrown away. Plastic litter now clutters every part of our planet, from remote parts of the Antarctic to the deepest ocean trenches.
Now all world environmental organization and TV campaigns are championing to take steps to tackle the tide of plastic waste. But how much will this fundamental change to the way we buy our goods actually cost? About 60 countries are doing legislation aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags and other single-use plastic materials. And even some countries are thinking to ban single-use plastic bags, straws, and polystyrene food containers.
Cost of change can be dear
Several and big supermarkets and multinationals companies are making commitments and vowing to reduce the role of plastic in their business affairs. But despite making such big claims and commitments, it is very difficult for the business to get rid of t plastic that has helped to set for itself. Plastics are very lightweight and inexpensive. They are much preferred because of its quality of adaptability. If plastic bottles are to be replaced by it, the cost prices of the glass bottle will increase. It will bring more burdens on the customers. The heavy weight of glass bottles will automatically increase the transporting cost as it will consume 40% more energy as compared to other plastic bottles. More consumption of energy during transportation will bring more pollution to the environment.
Plastic cut food waste by 75%
There are widespread advantages of the plastics. The usage of plastic packaging is extended from a small product to big product. The shrink wrap of plastic are used to pack the cucumber can keep it safe for about 15 days. It can reduce the wastage of food in half. If the cucumber is placed unwrapped, it will last only 2 days or will be able to last 9 days if refrigerated. Similarly, beef can last from 3 to 7 days if they are wrapped with polystyrene foam trays covered with plastic. These wraps keep the food safe and intact. It keeps them preserves and intact its freshness.
There is a need for smart thinking
It doesn’t make sense that it is banned the plastic outrightly. We can reduce its side effects sensibly and with great care. If additives are added in the manufacturing of plastic can plastic to break down and making plastics bi0-degradable. Moreover, the usage of bioplastic can be beneficial for the environment. Now, all big businesses are replacing the plastic from bioplastic. Usage of bioplastic can be helpful for the environment. The reusing of used packaging can be a good alternative instead of outrightly banning it. Moreover, applying of choosing the deposit and reuse scheme is good in western countries where plastic bottles are returned and exchanged for a cash deposit.