Plastic in the spotlight

Miquel Fontbona

Published in InfoPack magazine.




We must act now (we are quite late) so that future generations can continue to enjoy the planet without prejudice to their health.



In the spotlight is plastic, whose use has grown exponentially since the 50s, something that, focusing on lightweight plastic packaging, is perfectly understood as a material with organoleptic, barrier, physical and chemical properties Hard to improve at an affordable cost.

Of course, we must invest in new alternative materials to plastic in the packaging sector, with less impact on the environment, but at the same time bet on the optimization of the entire chain that intervenes in the broad production and recycling process of plastic:

    • Invest in the production process to facilitate the subsequent recovery, separation and recycling of used plastic.
    • Improve the entire process of recovery, selection and separation of post-consumer plastics and how to promote this recovery and post-recycling.
    • And, finally, to encourage companies and public bodies to use products and materials with recycled plastic, in the areas and sectors that allow it.

We can do without plastic in some applications, but not in others, and in those where we cannot afford to do without it, what we must improve is the continuation and exit of the plastic already used for the manufacture of new products.

One of the ways to reduce the environmental impact of plastic, in addition to reducing consumption, is to increase recycling to transform waste into new products. This means savings in the consumption of raw materials, energy and emissions, and contributes to a circular economy.

And above all so that we avoid that the plastics already used end up in landfills, incinerated or in nature ... and this is everyone's business.



Miquel Fontbona Puig, commercial director of INKA PALET