Course of Plastic Packaging Material Through Various Industries

An overview of the journey of plastic packaging through FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, E-Commerce and Online Food Delivery platforms.

Plastics have taken over the packaging industry covering everything from packaged foods to cosmetics, clothes to electronics and even fresh fruits and vegetables!

Ever wondered, where all this plastic goes?

If you look up on social media, everyone will tell you that it goes to the oceans. Well it’s not untrue as it goes there eventually, but it takes many different roads and rests at many pitstops on its way.

In older times all this plastic, coupled with the organic waste went to a landfill at the outskirts of the city. But the scenario has changed today and there are specific channels for processing and disposal of each type of plastic waste.

E-Commerce Industry

Online shopping has changed the way we shop nowadays; this change is behavior has fueled a tremendous growth of the sector in the last 10 years. E-commerce sector uses a lot of plastic for packaging theproduct.

E-commerce sector uses a lot of plastic for packaging the product

FMCG Industry

The products that we use on a day to day basis from packaged food to cleaning equipment come in plastic packaging. The flowchart below describes the journey of such plastic items until the end of its life.

Online Food Delivery Industry

Like e-commerce, online food delivery is changing the way we consume food. The industry has become one of the largest plastic consumers in a very short time as plastic packaging is most reliable and economical packaging material. The following flow chart tracks the journey of all such plastic.

Pharmaceutical Industry

Pharmaceutical Industry’ importance in our lives is immense. Most of the medicines use plastic as a packaging given excellent barrier properties. Here is the journey of all that plastic: