Sanitation and Safety: The Benefits of Plastic

Plastic is a dynamic and versatile resource that offers convenience, peace of mind, and stability to numerous industries that consumers rely on every day. Shaping a plastic-friendly consumer mindset requires our collective investment in rethinking our systems, improving our plastic handling and continually educating our end users on the benefits of plastic.

Let’s takes a look at those benefits:


  • Plastic is strong, lightweight, and flexible; offering multiple product applications that add comfort, convenience and safety to our everyday lives.
  • Versatile plastic material inspires innovation that help make life better, healthier and safer.

Product Protection

  • Food stays fresh longer when packed in plastic, limiting spoilage.
  • Plastic packaging also keeps foods separated, reducing the exposure of ethylene, which ripens produce.
  • Packaging can be reworkable, aiding in retailer goals to avoid in food waste, removing produce that can spoil a packaged batch.
  • Plastic packaging protects food from contamination and germs when it is displayed and handled.
  • Sometimes light is bad, packaging protects produce like potatoes from direct like to protect from greening.


  • Advances in technology has made plastic packaging more efficient. The average packaging weight for a product has been reduced over 28% in the last decade.
  • Plastic is shatter-proof, which reduces the potential for injury or product loss during transport.
  • Plastic provides necessary product protection, while reducing transportation weight, which saves fuel and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. For every ten percent reduction in weight, a car or truck will save five to seven percent in fuel usage. Reduction in vehicle weight translates into a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions: every pound of vehicle weight that can be eliminated means 25.3 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions are saved over the vehicle’s life.


  • Plastic packaging provides the convenience of product visibility during purchase and is easy to open.
  • Tamper-proof, heat-sealed plastic packaging provides an added measure of consumer safety
  • Flexible packaging adds the benefit of reusuability when a zip-top closure is added.
  • Resealable plastic packaging supports multi-portion pack-sizes, minimizing the waste of multiple single-use packages.


  • Plastic packaging provides affordable product protection and on-pack branding, creating competitive opportunity for buyers.
  • Because plastic is an affordable material, it does not impede your products from being widely accessible to all socioeconomic groups.


  • Automated packaging eliminates the risk of contamination by reducing human contact.
  • Using an automated bagger and weigher results in a hygienic packaging process.
  • Without compromising quality, a thin plastic material can reduce costs during manufacturing, resulting in improved costs for the end-product.

Environmental Impact

  • Plastic can be easily recycled through curbside pick-up and store drop-off programs, which reduces litter and aids in community beautification. Click here to find a drop-off location near you.
  • It takes less energy to manufacture and recover plastic compared to paper products

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