Future of plastic
Plastic is fundamental to industry and everyday life; however, they have become one of the most wasteful examples of our linear economy. Many people see plastic in a bad light, but what they don’t realise is that most plastic packaging is vital for everyday products. Here at RPC Astrapak we have dedicated our time and efforts in ensuring that all our materials and methods reduce the carbon footprint.
Plastics’ robustness and reliability at light weights make it the ideal alternative to many traditional materials, ensuring safety and practicality are not compromised in the achievement of a reduced carbon footprint and improved sustainability profile. The use of biopolymers for certain applications can deliver even further sustainable benefits, while the incorporation of barriers maintains product protection and minimises waste.
All polymers are lightweight, durable, low carbon and recyclable. They are not a major drain on our natural resources as only 4% of global oil production is used for plastics and it is estimated that packaging accounts for only 1.5% of oil and gas use. At RPC, we utilise these benefits to create products that provide a sustainable solution while still being efficient and creating products that are consumer and user friendly.
We are living in a world where there are breakthroughs in materials, business models, and technology. We are delivering products and services in our businesses that people could never have imagined before now. These systems are being redesigned and guided by circular economy principles. “The New Plastics Economy has three ambitions: create an effective after-use plastics economy; drastically reduce leakage of plastics into natural systems and other negative externalities; decouple plastics from fossil feedstocks.” – The New Plastics Economy – Rethinking the future of plastics.
Every year post audit we can see where there is room to grow and in which direction the future of plastics is going. Of course, we always have sustainability in mind, but finding out what methods we can put in place, what materials we can substitute and what we can do to assist our customers in terms of recycling is something that is always changing.
At RPC Astrapak, we continue to work on the development of products incorporating recycled material, diverting used plastic from the waste stream and landfill. In addition, we are working with various partners to explore the feasibility of closed loop initiatives that provide a commercially-viable means of collecting and recycling used plastics.
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