Plastics Support Sustainability

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Strong, lightweight plastics enable us to live better while contributing to sustainability in many ways—all which stem from plastics’ ability to help us do more with less.

Plastics help us protect the environment by reducing waste, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and saving energy at home, at work, and on the road. Plastic packaging helps to dramatically extend the shelf life of products while allowing us to ship more with less packaging material—reducing both product and packaging waste.

Plastics have a great environmental profile.  Only 4% of the world’s oil production is used for plastics and it takes much less energy to produce compared to other materials.  Plastics are durable, lightweight, and adaptable, now being used in projects that used to require metal materials.

Plastic adhesives, sealants, tools, and other building products are making our lives significantly more energy efficient while reducing costs. Plastics are building blocks of many value chains including healthcare, aviation, packaging, and increasingly the recycling industry. Sustainable plastic manufacturing conducts business in a way that drives value for society, the environment, and industry.

High-Performance plastics offer superior product quality in terms of durability, reusability, and recyclable quantities.  They are used in a wide range of multi-use applications and durable applications and are frequently used to replace other materials such as metal, wood, and glass.