Why Performance plastics are good for the environment

Performance plastics live up to their name and provide excellent performance, and are also a more environmentally conscious choice to other packaging materials. Much of the energy and environmental savings comes from the fact that they are so lightweight.

What makes performance plastics so great?

  • They can withstand chemicals and corrosion, or are fully biodegradable.
  • They weigh less than other packaging, saving transportation and fuel costs.
  • Their require less lubrication because of their low coefficient of friction.
  • They’re durable and have a long lifespan and repairability so you minimize equipment downtime during part replacement.

Performance Plastics also save:

  • Gas: the average car saves 650 gallons of gas over it’s lifespan when it uses performance plastic parts
  • Energy: foam polystyrene plastic containers require 30% less energy to produce than paperboard ones
  • Power: recycling 1 milk jug can keep a 100 watt bulb burning of 11 hours.
  • Waste: without performance plastics, packaging waste would increase by 160%

When you compare plastics to other materials the benefits are obvious:

  • To carry 100 oz of soda…you need 2 lbs of plastic compared to 27 pounds steel, 8 pounds glass, or 3 lbs aluminum
  • To package one gallon of milk…you need 0.25 lbs of plastic compared to 4.3 lbs of glass
  • To transport bags…you can fit 2.8 million bags fit in 1 truck, compared to only 500,000 paper bags

Using performance plastics in packaging can save enough energy to power a city of 1 million homes for 3.5 years. For more information about the environmental benefits of these plastics check out the Environmental Fast Facts sheet.

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