The conversation surrounding the use of plastics is pervasive in today’s society. Every day, we strike the balance between ethical responsibility to the environment and ensuring that we’re able to create and manufacture storage containers in a way that is both ethically and financially sound. We do this as well as remaining accountable to the more than 1 million American workers employed by the plastic industry, one that contributes heavily to the economy, to the tune of $375 billion. While most of the plastics conversation has surrounded food and beverage storage containers, there has been considerably less conversation surrounding the use of plastics in chemical storage. Here are three reasons why plastics are the suitable option for chemical storage.
Perhaps the most immediate advantage of plastic chemical jars as a storage method is their versatility. Lightweight and customizable in terms of size, density, and ability to be handled, plastic packaging can be customized to best meet the needs of the handler and the chemical itself. Plastic containers can be made opaque for chemicals that are sensitive to light. These containers are also much more easily made portable, which can be important for industries such as janitorial services who require a number of chemicals to travel with them on the go.
While glass containers may have advantages such as being nonporous and chemically inert, there’s no getting around the fact that the risk for breakage is much higher. A dropped glass container can not only result in dangerous shards of glass during the cleanup process but also possible exposure to harmful or corrosive chemicals for handlers as well. By contrast, plastic chemical jars offer the comfort and safety of being durable in the event of a fall.
But plastic containers aren’t just safer for handlers, they can be the best option for the life of the chemical as well. Some chemicals, such as hydrofluoric acid, has the ability to eat through glass, while metal containers are likely to react with the chemicals they contain as well. The effects of such reactions can be far-reaching, either resulting in the destruction of the containers or a reaction that weakens the potency of the chemicals contained inside.
As the conversation surrounding plastic storage continues to evolve, it’s important to entertain ethical options while still keeping sight of the chemicals being contained within. Plastic uses are as varied as the plastics themselves, and keeping the goal for the product in mind will help you make the right choice for your business. Have questions about which plastic chemical jars or storage methods are right for you? Let us know in the comments below.