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While plastic-free products have no petroleum-based plastics, producing plastic-free products may use more fossil fuels than options that are plastic-based.

Contains no petroleum-based plastics.

Plastic-free definition

Traditional plastics are created from polymerized crude oil [1] . This increases the demand for a finite substance while also creating a material that takes thousands of years to break down. 

Plastic-free packaging is free from plastics created like this. 

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Why you should use plastic-free packaging

Packaging is the leading contributor to pollution, specifically in marine environments. Petroleum-based plastics only exacerbate this pollution problem and have a profound effect on the environment and wildlife that lives there.

Brands may decide to avoid plastic packaging in an effort to reduce their environmental impact should their packaging end up somewhere other than landfill. 

A brand may want to use plastic-free packaging if using environmentally-friendly materials is important to them. 

Why you shouldn’t use plastic-free packaging

Due to the sheer amount of plastic created from crude oil, the carbon footprint that’s made by creating plastic-packaging is rather minute. 

This results in a small amount of carbon emission, compared to the energy-intensive production process of some plastic-free packaging solutions. 

Plastic packaging is also a go-to option for eCommerce brands, as it’s waterproof and keep a product dry during transit. 

Packhelp and plastic-free packaging

Packhelp encourages brands of all sizes to default to plastic-free packaging. While the carbon emissions created in the manufacturing process of plastic packaging is low, the net result is a product that takes thousands of years to break down. 

Plastic-free packaging, while laborious to produce, is a step in the right direction for minimising the amount of petroleum-based plastics that end up in landfill.

Frequently asked questions:

The EU will ban all single-use throwaway plastics by 2021. This is forcing brands to stop using single-use plastics in packaging, and find a plastic-free alternative. Note that Packhelp’s Classic Polymailer falls into the category of single-use plastic packaging, but can be recycled in an industrial facility. We expect to see the demand for plastic-free alternatives, like biopolymailers and paper cans increase.

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