Plastic has become the ideal packaging material to package, preserve and protect food and other non-food products in an efficient, cost effective manner thanks to its unquestionable advantages in terms of lightweight, versatility and cost saving features.
While performing the same role as packaging manufactured from alternative materials, plastic containers use considerably less raw materials, thus using less energy and producing less emissions. Thanks to all the benefits it can provide, plastic contributes to actively tackle a huge environmental issue that we are currently facing: global warming.
Packaging allows us to consume food products with further safety, convenience and in the best conditions. Thanks to packaging, we are able to preserve food for longer and in optimal conditions, thus contributing in this manner to reduce the levels of food waste.
Plastic packaging is totally safe for our health. Plastic materials are subject to the most demanding food safety controls and are strictly compliant with the most rigorous regulations implemented in the regional, national and European level.
Plastic require significantly less raw materials than other types of packaging to store the same amount of product. A plastic container can be up to 10 times lighter than other materials: this is what sustainability is about.
Source: Produced in-house. A comparative research between PP injection moulded packaging against glass and metal containers with similar capacity and intended use.
Producing plastic packaging uses less energy than producing containers from other alternative materials. Energy consumption in the plastic industry is currently 4,270 Gj per year, as opposed to the 6,690 Gj per year generated by other materials, thereby resulting in 36% savings.
Source: Denkstatt report, July 2011.
Thanks to the lightweight and stackability features of injection moulded packaging, it reduces by 50% the number of journeys required for their transportation, thereby saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions.
Source: #NoCulpesAlPlastico (Don't blame plastic) EsPlasticos Decalogue
PP injection moulded packaging is suitable to undergo a wide variety of heat treatments ranging from freezing to pasteurisation, including sterilisation or high pressure processing (HPP).
All our packaging is made from a single material and can be recycled by waste management systems, in line with the sustainability policies adhered to by the main Spanish and European distribution chains.
These policies prioritise single material packaging and recommend the use of PET, PE and PP for plastic packaging.
The plastic industry is working towards implementing an efficient circular economy model to improve waste management systems, as well as innovating in terms of the recycling processes and promoting waste segregation.
At ITC Packaging we contribute with these policies by taking part in different projects aimed at achieving more sustainable, responsible products.
By progressively adding recycled material, we help implement a circular economy model by reapplying discarded raw materials into the productive process.
Currently , we have recycled PET and PP material available and, thanks to our ISCC Plus certification, we can also offer the option to include food grade rPP.
Our packaging is recyclable and eco designed to optimise their weight, stackability and recyclability. During the development stage, we provide advice to our customers in selecting the most sustainable option for each project by recommending the use of bio-based, compostable and/ or recycled materials.