PLASTICS Sustainability Statement

The Plastics Industry Association encourages all companies engaged in plastics manufacturing to make sustainability a guiding principle at all levels of operation. Sustainable plastic manufacturing conducts business in a way that seeks to drive value creation for society, the environment, and the industry. It also strives for improvement to reduce impacts on natural resources, minimizing waste generation, and shifting toward renewable energy options; all of which reduces greenhouse gas impacts. Efforts should be guided by scientific data that measures the impacts of the many lifecycle stages of plastic products, consistent with the values of Sustainable Materials Management, and strive to keep materials in circularity for remanufacturing whenever it yields the greatest environmental benefit. These activities should be measured and reported with integrity and transparency. 

At the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), we work with our members to help them achieve their sustainability goals in a number of ways, including:

  • Promoting the use of recycled plastics in new products.
  • Educating companies about how to recycle more and make their products easier for consumers to recycle.
  • Demonstrating viable business models for collecting and recycling different types of plastic materials from locations like offices, hospitals and other areas.
  • Incentivizing companies to eliminate waste and increase recycling.
  • Measuring the amount of wasted recyclable plastic material.

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