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SPI Policy Statement on Sustainability

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and its member companies continue to embrace the concept of sustainability. SPI represents the third largest industry in the US economy that employs more than nearly 900 thousand workers.

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present while allowing future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is defined as a balance of (1) protecting the natural systems of the planet and (2) providing a high quality of life for all people, while (3) fostering global competition, economic freedom of choice, and growing prosperity for all.

With this balanced approach, sustainability leads to an improved quality of life for both present and future generations.

  • SPI advocates continuous innovation and improvement in applying sustainability principles in the manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposition of plastic materials.
  • SPI advocates the use and dissemination of information based on sound science and believes that decisions regarding sustainability issues should be made accordingly.
  • SPI will support the development and adoption of sustainability principles through ongoing interactions with manufacturers and customers as well as codes, standards and regulatory bodies.

Approved by the SPI Board of Directors, January 16, 2008

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