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What Are The Common Environmentally Friendly Food Packaging Materials

Biodegradable plastic

Plastics are generally difficult to degrade, and many plastic wastes buried in the ground will not decompose for several years. The degradable plastic refers to a plastic whose chemical structure changes in a specific environment that causes performance loss within a specific period of time. The development of degradable plastic packaging materials and the gradual elimination of non-degradable plastic packaging materials are the general trend of the world’s scientific and technological development and one of the hot spots of material research and development. As biodegradable plastics are easy to process and shape, their prices are gradually decreasing, resulting in a sharp increase in the use of biodegradable plastics for packaging. It is currently the most common environmentally friendly food packaging material.

Metal packaging materials

Since metal packaging materials are easy to recycle and easy to dispose of, the environmental pollution caused by their waste is less than that of plastic and paper. Commonly used metal packaging materials are tinplate and aluminum, which are widely used in the manufacture of packaging cans for food and beverages.

Glass packaging materials

Milk, soft carbonated drinks, wine and jam are generally packaged in glass containers, and some cooking utensils and tableware are also packaged in glass. The main characteristics of glass packaging materials are beautiful, hygienic, corrosion-resistant, low cost, and inert material, which has little environmental pollution; its disadvantages are fragile, bulky, and more expensive.

Paper packaging 

Since the packaging of paper products can be recycled again after use, a small amount of waste can be naturally decomposed in the natural environment and has no adverse impact on the natural environment. Therefore, paper, cardboard and paper products are recognized as green products in the world and meet the requirements of environmental protection. The treatment of white pollution caused by plastics can play a positive role as a substitute.

The above four are the most common and environmentally friendly packaging materials. At the same time, more and more environmentalists are now using textile bags that can be used multiple times, which can reduce environmental pollution.

FUTUR Technology– a marketer & manufacturer of sustainable food packaging in China. Our mission is to create sustainable & compostable packaging solutions that benefit to our planet and customers.

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