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Packaging materials are commonly grouped into rigid and flexible structures. Plastic film, foil, papers and textiles are flexible materials; whereas wood, glass, metal and hard plastics are example of rigid packaging materials.

Plastic
This is the most common packaging material and, at the same time, one of the most difficult to dispose of. The factors common to all plastics are that they are light, strong and cheap to manufacture. It is for these reasons that they are used so much, as an alternative to cardboard and glass packaging materials.

Almost 10% of our rubbish consists of different types of plastic. They are a problem in landfills as they are bulky, they contaminate and degrade slowly.

Metal
Appropriate for packaging foods (canned foods). For drinks, such as soft drinks and beers, aluminum is often used. Tin plate is a solid, heavy steel covered with tin to protect it against rust. It is used to package canned foods. It can be separated by magnets and should be recycled in all cases.

Aluminum is attractive, light and strong at the same time, but requires a lot of raw materials and energy to make it. For this reason it must be recycled. The majority of cans of soft drinks, lids, aluminum foil, etc. are made from aluminum.

Cardboard
Plastic Food Packaging Materials Appropriate for packaging materials and wrapping, preferable to "white cork". Its use may prove to be unnecessary when used for products which are already packaged sufficiently. In all cases, this packaging material is easy to recycle and reuse. It is used in the form of boxes, sheets and corrugated cardboard.
Glass Packaging Materials
Glass
An ideal material for foods, especially liquids. It is inalterable, strong and easy to recycle. It is the traditional vessel in the home (jars, glasses, jugs, etc.). Its weight and shape may involve some difficulties for transport and storage.



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