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The Future of the Plastic Water Bottle
Dec 10, 2018

It’s no secret that the demand for plastic bottles is still growing. While water, soda, and other foods are regularly packaged and served in plastic, newfound uses for plastic packaging includes use in storage for alcohol, such as with individual portable plastic wine cups.


Recently, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) released a report stating that bottles and jars make up around 75% of plastic containers. Mark Garrison, PLASTICS’ Senior Vice President of Membership and Business Development, went on to say that, “The bottling segment of our industry is projected to grow six percent over the next three years.”

The publication Plastics Today also wrote about how PET and HDPE are striving to push plastic bottle growth. Here are some interesting statistics from their article:

 

Shipments and purchases of plastic machinery have increased annually for over the past 6 years

The single serve water bottle market is one of the largest plastic bottle packaging markets and is estimated to increase sales by 6%, and is also continuing to beat out plastic packaging for carbonated soda drinks.


Around 86% of the plastics market is taken up by HDPE (High-density polyethylene) and PET products.


And while the use of plastics will continue to grow, it’s important to note that recycling the plastics we use is highly important. This is where DGM can step in to help.