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Published on: 30 Nov 2018 by david09

Describe the Difference Between Paper Packaging and Plastic Packaging?

Packaging is the thing which can keep all type of products safe from damage, convenient to carry and also helps to attract more customers. There is a different type of packages, which different companies use to package their products efficiently. Among all another type of packages, there are also paper and plastic packages, which serve their best in presenting the products. Both of these packages perform the same functions that are keeping the product safe, making it convenient to carry and providing an excellent quality outlook. There are also some differences in paper packaging plastic packaging.

Manufacturing of the Material

Both of these packages are different in the manufacturing of their material that is paper and plastic. Paper material is produced from the waste products of oil refining. There are so many environmental considerations associated with the manufacturing plastic material. This material is manufactured by going through the process of extraction of oil, separation of products in the refining process and then you will get plastic material at the end. These all processes need energy and produce pollution in the environment, which is not suitable and acceptable by the consumers.

Whereas the paper material is manufacturing from the trees which are the natural resource, it is important to notice that whether the tree you have chosen for the paper material is of good nurturing place or not. This will help you to get a packaging material that is easy to recycle, and renewable. This will not cause any damage to your environment and can keep the products safe from damage. The plastic material takes less energy to be manufactured as compared to the paper material.

Weight of Packaging

Paper packaging and the plastic packages both have to ship to the stores. So here, we can say that plastic packages are more preferable as these are less in weight as compare to paper packages. Plastic packages are more compact than the paper material. Plastic bags also takes less volume for traveling from one place to another whereas paper material takes more volume. Paper packages are more in weight so can carry heavy items as well whereas because of low in weight plastic packages are unable to carry heavy products. 



There are different uses of these packages as you can use them to package food products as well. In the paper-packaging category, there are food grade and non-food grade packages available separately. Food grade packages are the one, which can touch the food products directly, can also clean and save the food products in them. You can also use nonfood paper packages to carry food there is not a big problem with it.

As the paper material is biodegradable and is highly hygienic so can carry food products efficiently. However, in plastic packaging, you cannot put food items in non-food plastic packages. Because non-food plastic packages are not meant for packing food products, these can harm your health as well. Other than the food products, paper packages are also much efficient in carrying medicine products.


Price of the packages is also so much important as the different type of packages have different rates in the market. It depends upon the cost of material and the amount you have spent on the manufacturing of these packages. We all know that raw material, or we can say the biodegradable material is not much expensive. Therefore, you can get paper packaging in very much low rates from the market whereas plastic packages have to go through a huge process of manufacturing which is also costly. The material of plastic costs more and takes more energy and technique for manufacturing. So plastic packages also cost higher than the paper packages. You can earn more by selling plastic packages because of its higher rates in the market.

Bearing Ability

Paper packaging usually is more preferable when you need to carry the heavy product. There are different sizes of paper packages, which you can use for the specific size of the product. Therefore, these can serve best to carry huge and heavy products. Usually, the corrugated packaging is best to have for shipping purposes.

As these are efficiently designed for delivering heavy products at larger distances whereas the plastic packaging cannot bear that much weight. These packages are unable to carry heavy products so you can use them for carrying small and lightweight products. Therefore, we can say that paper packages are the best option if you want to use them as wholesale packages. Whereas plastic packages cannot serve better in the wholesale business.

Renewable Material

Paper material is easy to recycle and is renewable material that can be efficiently used repeatedly. You can make the new package out of the existing one without spending much money and energy on it. This provides more packages and makes it easier to have a new package for different products without wasting the material and money.

You can also reuse or mold the package so that it can serve differently. Whereas the plastic packaging is not good enough for recycling as it causes so much pollution in the environment if this will go through the recycling process. Plastic also takes thousands of years to decompose so it can damage the environment as well.

More Profit Generating

Packaging can attract more customers, and one can easily grab more customers by using effective and stylish packaging. You can make different designs of paper packages as this material is easy to mold and cut into different shapes. There are versatile designs and styles of paper packages that can make your products look stand out on the shelf. Whereas paper packages also have some designs but are not much versatile like the paper packaging. So customers usually prefer having paper packages which can help you earn more profit.

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