Plastic versus Paper – Lower environmental impact

Plastic packaging is more environmentally friendly than the paper alternative

As a material for packaging cement, plastic has been shown to have a lower environmental impact across its full lifecycle than the current paper alternative

The biggest single factor influencing the environmental impact of paper packaging is the greater occurrence of cement wastage.

  • 11% of paper bags are damaged between delivery to merchant and use on-site

The higher incidence of wastage with paper packaging results in greater energy consumption in the production of additional cement, its transport and storage.

  • 14%less energy is required when plastic is used.

Reduced wastage not only saves you money through replenishment, but also reduces your waste disposal costs.

  • Overall, cement in plastic bags is 39%* more environmentally friendly than paper alternatives!

*Research undertaken by leading environmental consultants BASF.


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