Top 5 Industries World Wide Using Plastics

Plastics are used to make everything, from food packaging and furniture to cars and boat ramps. Plastic is a strong and cheap material that can be used for a variety of purposes. With the ability to last decades, it’s favoured as a replacement for other materials like timber for its resistance to wearing, moisture, microorganisms and termites. But which industries use the most plastics? We take a look at the top 8 industries who have utilised plastic to improve their processes.


Plastics play a significant role in construction, from plastic foam insulation and water pipes to PVC windows. Plastic is an excellent insulator and very cheap, helping buildings become more sustainable in the long term. For example, 1 kg of oil is used to create EPS insulation, which can save 75 kg of oil in heating the building over 25 years. Likewise, plastic pipes are durable and use less energy to produce than metal or concrete. They are also lightweight, making them easier to transport, install, repair and remove. At Dolphin Plastics & Packaging, we have many clients in the construction sector who use our plastic sheeting, pallet bas, stretch wrap and centrefold for protecting and transporting construction goods.


As a lightweight, easily moulded and corrosion free material, plastic is an ideal material for use in many modern transport builds, from cars to planes. The amount of plastics by weight in cars have increased from 8.5 per cent in 1984 to 11 per cent today. 100 kg of plastic can replace 200 to 300 kg of other materials in a car, meaning better performance, less emissions and more room to add safety features like airbags. Commercial aircrafts can contain up to 22 per cent of carbon reinforced plastics, helping it reduce fuel burn.


This should come as no surprise. Plastic packaging has played a revolutionary role in the way we transport and store food. It has allowed us to keep food fresher for longer, significantly cutting the level of food wastage and ensuring proper hygiene and good presentation. It also plays a marketing role, as well-designed packaging attracts consumers to products. At Dolphin Plastics & Packaging, we supply high quality food grade packaging to fishmongers and butchers throughout Australia.


Like food, plastic plays a centre role when it comes to packaging in the retail industry. However, there is far more focus on packaging as a marketing tool when it comes to packaging a range of products. Businesses print their logos on packaging and use a colour scheme that best reflects their brand.


Plastic plays a crucial role in hospitals and the medical industry at large, from being an important material in manufacturing medical equipment to specialised packaging used for storage, transportation and waste. Dolphin Plastics & Packaging specialise in supplying clinical waste, cytotoxic waste, general waste and vented waste bags to hospitals along the east coast of Australia in sizes ranging from 10L to 240L.

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Dolphin Plastics & Packaging is a leading plastics manufacturer based in Queensland. We are committed to producing sustainable plastic packaging solutions for organisations in a variety of industries across Queensland and down the east coast of Australia. To find out more about how we can help you, call Dolphin Plastics & Packaging today on (07) 5610 5278 or contact us online.