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 In 2024, under the plastic crisis, can steel strips become a disruptor in the packaging industry?

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Where should we go in the face of the plastic crisis?

 Where should we go in the face of the plastic crisis?

 Plastic pollution has become a serious environmental problem, especially in the oceans. Millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year, causing huge damage to the ecosystem. Not only that, the world produces more than 400 million tons of plastic every year, but the recycling rate is very low. In Europe, only 30% of plastic is recycled, and in the United States, only 9%. Plastic that is not recycled breaks down into microplastics, which are found everywhere, from beaches to Arctic sea ice, from farmland to They can be found in urban air. This forces us to make changes. The development of society and the protection of the ecological environment are inseparable. They must complement each other and cannot exist without the other. In this context, steel strips with good recycling rates may be our best choice.

 Why is steel strip a potential packaging alternative material?

 As a potential substitute for packaging materials, steel strips have high tensile strength, good elongation, and are suitable for bundling and packaging of heavy objects. Not only that, it is durable and is 100% recyclable material, which indirectly reduces energy loss, reduces the demand for paper packaging materials and plastic packaging materials, thereby reducing the consumption of forest resources and environmental pollution. In the long run From a perspective, it has economic and strategic significance for sustainable development. We also believe that with the development of technology in various countries, the production cost can be further reduced. This is only a matter of time, and everything will have a transition period.

1. Current status of the plastic crisis

Global plastic pollution data and facts

 On June 5, 2023, the 50th World Environment Day sounded the clarion call to defeat plastic pollution. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on governments, businesses and consumers to unite to break our dependence on plastics. Microplastics are pervasive and closely related to our lives, and we cannot avoid their impact. In addition, since plastic is a product of fossil fuels, the more fossil fuels are burned, the worse the climate crisis will be.

The impact of environmental protection policies on the plastic packaging industry

 In 2024, with the increasing awareness of environmental protection, governments around the world have introduced a series of policies aimed at reducing plastic pollution and promoting the sustainable development of the packaging industry. For example, the EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) requires increased circularity of packaging and increased use of recycled materials in packaging. The “14th Five-Year Plan” Plastic Pollution Control Action Plan issued by the Chinese government strengthens the recycling of waste plastics and plays a great role in the management of plastic waste.

Increased consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions

 Increased consumer awareness of environmental protection has also forced the packaging industry to make changes in material selection. People are now more inclined to choose products and brands that advertise sustainability. Because consumers are increasingly aware of the impact of plastic waste on the environment, they are beginning to seek environmentally friendly packaging materials. As early as 2020, research showed that 74% of respondents in the United States, Europe and South America are willing to pay extra for environmentally friendly packaging, which has become a trend. For enterprises, in the current fiercely competitive business environment, the use of sustainable materials, such as steel strips, metal products with high strength and high recycling rates, is important for attracting customers and complying with the sustainable development of the country and society. appears particularly important.

2. Characteristics and advantages of steel strips

 As a 100% recyclable packaging material, steel strips have high tensile strength and good elongation, are durable and have strong pressure resistance. They are widely used for packaging heavy goods, such as steel, non-ferrous metals, wood, glass, and light textiles. In the chemical industry, especially in mechanical equipment packaging, automobile parts packaging, electronic product packaging, and industrial product packaging, packaging boxes made of steel strips provide solid and reliable protection to ensure safe transportation of products. Although the price is relatively high, in the long run, using steel belt materials for product packaging under some specific needs and application scenarios can effectively alleviate the usage of plastics and further reduce the level of environmental pollution.

3. The driving force of market and technology

 The development of zinc-aluminum-magnesium alloy coating technology has improved the corrosion resistance of steel strips, making it a more reliable packaging option and is gradually becoming a powerful alternative to plastic packaging. The e-commerce packaging market is expected to reach US$68.87 billion in 2024 and grow to US$131.61 billion by 2029. The rapid development of e-commerce has led to a surge in demand for packaging materials. Due to the convenience of online shopping, consumers are increasingly choosing to shop online, which requires packaging to not only protect the product, but also have a certain degree of aesthetics and brand recognition. The metal packaging boxes made of steel strips have a metallic texture, and the products look more advanced after packaging, which can better meet the psychological needs of customers.

4. Conclusion

 As a packaging material with high recycling rate, strong and durable properties, steel strip is expected to become an important choice in the packaging industry in 2024 and beyond, helping to reduce plastic pollution and promote environmental protection. It also satisfies the market’s demand for sustainable development and Demand for innovative packaging solutions. With the continuous advancement of technology and the continued expansion of the market, steel belts are expected to become an important turning point in the packaging industry, leading the industry to develop in a greener and more sustainable direction.

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