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A USEFUL MATERIALTHE PLASTIC CHALLENGEWe are taking a stand

PLASTIC: A USEFUL MATERIAL

Over the past 50 years, we have used much more plastic because of its many environmental and physicochemical benefits.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

If all plastic packaging were replaced by alternative materials, glass, metal, wood, or cardboard, etc...:

  • The mass would almost quadruple
  • The energy consumed during its lifecycle  (production to disposal) would double
  • Greenhouse gases would almost triple

Source: H. PILZ; B. BRANDT; R. FEHRINGER - Denkstatt – The impact of plastics on life cycle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in Europe – June 2010

PLASTIC: A KEY MATERIAL TO OUR DAILY LIVES

Plastic is in many things that we take for granted today.
It has made the modern life possible.
Various characteristics like lightweight, durability, transparency and water-resistance, make this material suitable to use in our clothes, in our lenses, in the cling film that preserves food from contamination, in property insulation and in the prostheses used by the disabled.

THE PLASTIC CHALLENGE IN EMERGING COUNTRIEs

Plastic is an amazing invention that has changed our lives.
For all the reasons mentioned, it seems difficult to turn back the clock to a pre-plastic age. However, the mishandled plastic waste has negative consequences on our environment and health.
The challenge is not to eliminate plastic from our lives but to find ways of reducing the pollution it causes.

THE FACTS

Of the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced per year, 10% are recycled, 12% are incinerated, 68% are buried and 10% are found in the natural environment.
Each year, 8 million tonnes of plastic waste are found in the ocean.

Source: J.R. JAMBECK - Science mag feb 12, 2015

It has been established that 80% of the plastic waste pollution in aquatic environments is from land-based sources: mainly litter. 

Europe and the USA’s impact on plastic waste in the ocean is no more than 2%. This confirms that in locations with operational waste management systems considerably less plastic finds its way into rivers and oceans.

In contrast, figures show that the main waste producers are in Asia and Africa (fast-growing economies: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), where industrial waste management systems are lacking.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF POORLY MANAGED PLASTIC WASTE

  • Environmental impact: Animals can be harmed by ingesting plastic
  • Public health impact: Dumped litter releases toxic gases that endanger human health
  • Economic impact: According to the United Nations (UNEP), plastic pollution may cost several billion dollars each year

We are taking a stanD

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Because we cover many emerging market locations, we often witness plastic pollution. Our awareness has led us, as a crucial player in the value chain, to take our responsibilities seriously and make five tangible commitments.

promote plastic to oil (pto) equipmenT

PTO machines turn plastic waste into fuel. This solution gives used plastic a new lease of life, especially in emerging countries where waste collection systems are almost non existent. The diesel produced by pyrolysis powers generators that provide electricity to communities, schools and businesses. It can also fuel agricultural machinery and fishing vessels.

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Increase “Protect Your Planet” awareness-raising activitieS

For over 10 years, Emeraude teams have frequently visited  African and Asian schools to educate the youth. They deliver educational sessions explaining the benefits of plastic and the risks at the end of its life. Tangible action is then taken by collecting plastic waste from the school playground and surrounding area.

Offer and sell the full range of recycled polymeR

We must develop the circular economy and turn plastic waste into new raw materials to halve CO2 emissions. 

We assist to increase the share of recycled plastic in industrial processes. Consequently, we have created a range of recycled polymers for our customers. 

We have a team of technical experts with the skills to guide our customers on how to use these materials and design compounds with a recycled/virgin/special polymer base. These recent developments have bolstered our position as  innovators in the emerging area of sustainability.

Re-use PVC wastE

For over 10 years, ResinTech has been recycling
post-industrial PVC waste from production plants in the USA. We collect the waste from factories, dry it and process it to obtain a recycled material that meets customer demand. This type of material can be used to build anti-erosion walls, among others. 

http://www.resintechnologyllc.com/

Promote large-scale plastic recycling projectS

Our sustainability development department brings together manufacturers, recyclers and project promoters to facilitate large-scale recycling projects. 

We believe that this type of project will mean significant volumes of plastic waste can be collected and re-used, keeping it out of our oceans. This type of initiative will have a real impact on plastic pollution in developing countries.