Safe, Sanitary Plastics
People rely on plastic products and packaging to improve our quality of life in several ways. Plastics enhance health and wellness; improve access to safe, nutritious foods; and reduce environmental impacts. For example, we rely on sterile plastics to help safely administer medicines and lifesaving medical treatments, while preventing the spread of infection and disease. Plastics also help keep food fresher longer, helping to prevent waste, food poisoning, and illness.
Health & Wellness: Plastics Help Us Heal
Families and health care professionals rely on sterile plastics and plastic packaging to help protect health and hygiene.
Food Safety: Plastics Protect Our Food
Our food benefits from plastics at every link in the supply chain, from farm to plate.
In factories, sanitary gloves help prevent food contamination.
Sustainability: Plastics Reduce Our Environmental Impact
The environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than it would be if alternative materials were used. 1
And finally, technologies that convert non-recycled plastic into energy help divert additional materials from landfills.
Recycle, Recover, Reuse: Preventing Plastics Litter
Plastic and other packaging doesn't belong in the environment. Plastic producers are working to help improve product design as well as recycling and recovery systems.
Vision for Resource Management
1Trucost 2016, Plastics and Sustainability: A Valuation of Environmental Benefits, Costs and Opportunities for Continuous Improvement. https://plastics.americanchemistry.com/Plastics-and-Sustainability.pdf
2Life Cycle Impacts of Plastic Packaging Compared To Substitutes in the United States and Canada: Theoretical Substitution Analysis. https://plastics.americanchemistry.com/Reports-and-Publications/LCA-of-Plastic-Packaging-Compared-to-Substitutes.pdf