When aluminum is used as a container, it’s a lot cheaper than a bag of rice
Posted On August 7, 2021
BY ALISON KELLEY – Updated Apr 13, 2019 12:17:16A lot of aluminum is being used as food packaging, especially as it’s used to keep food fresh, sanitize containers and keep foods from rotting.
But when aluminum is added to aluminum-containing products, it becomes a lot less cheap.
That’s according to a study by the Consumer Federation of America.
The federation estimates that aluminum is only half as expensive as plastic, which is more expensive than aluminum, and that it’s even less expensive than steel.
It’s a big problem for people like Michael, a retired steelworker in South Dakota who sells aluminum foil containers to customers around the country.
“I’ve never seen anything lower in price in my life,” he said.
“That’s a great thing.”
The study analyzed the cost of a regular aluminum foil container at a local grocery store, compared to the cost for aluminum foil bags, and calculated how much it would cost to manufacture aluminum foil for one bag.
It concluded that the aluminum foil cost of $3.39 for a regular bag and $4.40 for an aluminum foil pouch would be roughly the same, and only $2.09 cheaper to make.
And that’s only one case.
Aluminum foil containers and aluminum pouch bags can be made at home.
But you’ll need a lot of other items to make aluminum foil, and they have to be made of the same material.
And aluminum foil packaging costs can also vary by size.
The cost of aluminum foil at a grocery store could be as much as $5.39, according to the Consumer Bureau of Standards.
At home, it could be more than $20.
For example, a regular, 4-inch by 8-inch aluminum foil bag could cost $2,200 to make, while a 12-inch, 3-by-6-inch bag could be $8,000.
That price difference may be because the packaging material is cheaper in general.
But it could also be because aluminum foil is more flexible, which can make it more durable.
In other words, aluminum foil can be used to make more plastic bags, which are more expensive.
And it’s not just aluminum foil that’s more expensive in the long run.
A 5-pound bag of aluminum costs $6,000, compared with a 4-pound aluminum foil sandwich that’s $2 at a store.
The Consumer Federation’s study also found that aluminum foil plastic bags could be made cheaper by cutting the foil away.
The Federal Trade Commission has cracked down on companies who make aluminum-based plastic bags and aluminum foil boxes.
The FTC is requiring companies to cut aluminum foil off their packaging and stop using it as a plastic carrier.
That could be costly.
The CFAA can apply to block the use of aluminum in aluminum packaging, or to have it banned altogether.
The FTC has also proposed other new rules, including mandating that all plastic bags sold in the U.S. be made from “safer” materials, such as aluminum.