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Plastic use to surge 55 per cent in ten years



The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) stated that despite environmental concerns, the convenience of plastic packaging will win out over cost.

PMMI conducted a study that surveyed beverage companies to determine how plastics are being used. More than 75 per cent of those surveyed are actively taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce the amount of plastics in manufacturing.

However, based on current buying and manufacturing behaviours, the plastic remains the most popular packaging material over the next decade, and is predicted to grow from 45 percent in 2018 to 55 per cent by 2028.

Recent major consumer trends such as convenience and portability are factors in the upswing of plastics. With more consumers looking for items to take out, or buying “on-the-go” products, plastics remain the prime affordable choices for manufacturers.

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The recent trade wars between the United States and Canada have also increased prices in recyclable material such as aluminium have also been factors in making plastic a more viable choice.

In a way of convening with portion-control concerns, many soft drink companies have found that the 8oz size will be the most popular choice in the future for Canadian and American consumers.

However, the study did state that non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages in glass containers are experiencing an increase in popularity, indicating that such drinks are expected to grow at 40 per cent.