Plastics' unique characteristics - lightweight, durability, formability enables the manufacturers to minimize the raw materials used, energy consumed and the waste generated in the production. It also facilitates distribution of goods which range from coffee cups to automobiles and conserves more resources during a product's life span, when compared to the other materials.Plastics have an increased life span. Their physical properties allow them to be used in multiple applications, while their durability and flexibility allow them to be used again and again. For example, in the international markets, some laundry products are being packaged in reusable plastic bottles. Small packages of concentrated product are used to refill the orginial bottles, helping to reduce total packaging waste.