The Goal: Reach a Circular Economy
With a circular economy, we focus on a make, use, and recycle society. Alternatively, the take, make, dispose approach is one of the linear economy. By designing for recyclability, we can work towards the ultimate goal of a circular economy, where products are able to either be reused or recycled. By utilizing the principles of a circular economy, we can preserve valuable resources, keeping them in use for years to come and ultimately reducing our environmental impacts.
What makes a circular economy different?
A circular economy brings product innovation to create a society where resources are reused rather than disposed.
- Landfill space is reduced
- Less material is wasted
The Value of Recovering & Repurposing Plastics
Plastics are typically lighter than other manufacturing materials like metal & glass. This lightweight characteristic allows plastic products to be handled with ease and to perform their intended functions with superiority, thus making it an attractive material for manufacturers. However, we all need to get much better at recycling plastic on a global scale as we attempt to reach the “circular model” of recycling.
“As a leader in sustainable packaging, we place a high value on innovation surrounding the methods by which we recover valuable plastic materials.”
– Tom Salmon, Chairman and CEO of Berry Global
Understanding Recovery & Repurposing
Through recovery and recycling, we keep plastics out of the ocean, while harnessing their inherent value to manufacture more eco-conscious products. As the plastics industry develops and optimizes its plastic collection programs, more plastics will be recovered, and more repurposing will occur within the plastics manufacturing industry.
Once Plastics Are Recovered, Markets Will Expand
As more plastic becomes available for reuse, emerging markets and technologies will use this recycled plastic for valuable, innovative products, resulting in the development of the circular economy.
We’re Already Making Progress
“America’s Plastic Makers” already have these progressive projects in place:
The Push for Innovation and Affordability
In order to preserve the positive effects the industry has on the U.S. economy, we need to bring innovation and affordability to plastic product manufacturing through sustainability.
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