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Metal storage boxes vs plastic storage boxes

If you are looking at purchasing aluminium cases for storage or transport, one of the first decisions that you’ll need to make is whether to choose metal or plastic.

Plastic cases are cheap and easily available from supermarkets and DIY stores, but you’ll be aware that plastic is not good for the planet.

Here at Zarges we only manufacture aluminium cases from high-grade aluminium because we believe that it is the best material for the job, and for the planet. But what are the advantages of metal over plastic?


Though both can be recycled, Aluminium is much more likely to be recycled. The problem is that there are many different kinds of plastics – not all of which are recyclable. Research shows that even of those that can be recycled, only 29.3% are currently recycled.

Aluminium on the other hand is easily recycled. It is estimated that 75% of all aluminium is still in use.

Non-toxic in production

The other environmental advantage that aluminium has over plastic is that the production process is much less polluting. Aluminium production creates no toxic byproducts. Plastic production creates a number of toxic chemicals, including trichloroethane, acetone, methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone and styrene.

Built to last

Zarges cases are manufactured from strong aluminium that is designed to last a lifetime, whereas a plastic box is designed only to last a few years. This means that plastic boxes will often end their life in a landfill – polluting the planet for centuries to come.

Looks cooler

The other advantage is that aluminium just looks cooler. It’s sleek, shiny and it’s lighter, thinner and stronger than plastic.


Although Aluminium cases may cost a little more – it’s clear what the advantages are.

Check our website for the latest great deals on aluminium cases. For advice from our team, please get in touch.