Substituting plastic packaging with alternative materials would increase total packaging mass by average factor 3.6, study finds; GHG emissions would increase by factor 2.7 or 61 million tonnes CO2-equivalent per year
November 11, 2011
– Plastic packaging is not only practical, efficient, inexpensive and safe, but replacing it by alternative material would have a severe negative impact for the economy and the environment. These are the facts recently brought to light by Austrian independent consulting firm Denkstatt, which has been advising national and international for years on all questions surrounding the three pillars of sustainability.
According to the study "The impact of plastic packaging on energy consumption and GHG emissions”, which is now available on PlasticsEurope’s website:
But plastics’ added value does not end up there. When used to pack fresh food, they prevent at least 10 % more food losses than alternative packaging materials, which means 22 Mt of CO2 savings, the study reveals. In the case of meat, for instance, the emission savings allowed by the prevented food loss are 13 times higher than the CO2 emissions caused by plastic packaging.