Originally meaning ‘pliable and easily shaped’, plastics came into the world because of our need to find substitutes for naturally occurring materials used to make products, such as ivory and tortoiseshell to name a few. These molecular daisy chains held the ability to take on almost any shape or size, owing to the long flowing and easily manipulated molecules of the polymers. By the 1930’s, plastics were rapidly gaining popularity, as many companies around the world sought to have a piece of the very inviting pie that was the world of plastics and polymers. Post World War 2, plastics were introduced to the general public and they quickly became the newest and the biggest trend for ages to come. The man of this age had what was seemed to be too good to be true – the products made of plastic were not only affordable, but plastic could be used to make just about everything. We brushed our teeth in the mornings with plastic toothbrushes, combed our hair with plastic combs; the women wore nylon which was advertised to be ‘as strong as steel’ and the children spent the hours playing with their plastic cars and their Barbies. Plastic really did seem to be the too good to be true god-send that consumers and retailers alike had always dreamed of.

Drawbacks:

However, as it is with everything, the journey of plastic soon came full circle. Whereas earlier on it seemed that there could be no fault found with this wonder-molecule, plastic really did turn out to be too good to be true. Soon enough, our world began to be over saturated with plastic and all the plastic that delighted us so much began to show up in landfills around the world. Tables, chairs, brushes, toys and most of all, plastic bags and plastic wrappers started being washed up on shores around the world. We soon began to hear of marine animals being caught up in the plastic bags and dying, and of the great strain that the plastics that we had once loved so much were having on the world. The molecular structure of plastic means that it will never completely degrade. Furthermore, even if the plastic is broken down, methane, a powerful greenhouse gas is released which has a devastating impact on the environment.

Popularity of plastic:

Despite the seas and forests of the world rapidly turning into plastic graveyards, the demand for plastic has not slowed down. Extremely affordable and highly malleable, it is still the material of choice for packaging for several industries. The clear packaging that is characteristic of plastics allows retailers to showcase their product completely, while it is housed in a completely safe and sturdy box, thus making it the go-to option for packaging food items, toys, appliances and much more. While this can look like bad news for the environment, with the invention of safe and biodegradable plastics, it may not be so. PET plastic is polymer which is 100% degradable, and is the most recycled plastic worldwide. PET plastics can be the affordable and sturdy clear packaging with all the environmental benefits that we have always dreamed of.

Environment friendly plastic: Packaging made of PET plastic is not only at a box-grade level of clarity and strength, but through a process of thorough washing and remelting it can be broken down to form new products. PET products can also be crushed flat in landfills, thus making them take up almost no space. HLP Klearfold is a pioneer in creating high quality packaging, made of RPET or APET plastic. As the world’s biggest producer of environmentally friendly printed plastic, HLP Klearfold can provide strong packaging for every occasion, a fact that their vast catalogue can attest to.

The various benefits associated with plastic, such as the ease of manufacture, affordability and the pliability, clarity and strength make plastic and indispensible product for packaging, as no other material can really compare. HLP Klearfold can be your key to having the most attractive printed packaging, which is not only beneficial for you, but for the environment as well. Get in touch with them today and request a quote, to get started on your journey to having the strongest yet most environment friendly packaging ever!

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