Afbeelding: Circular-Economy

Lifecycle thinking: why plastic contributes to sustainability

4 November 2019

Most people would not immediately associate plastic with environmental benefits. To many, it is the symbol of pollution and wastefulness. Nevertheless, plastics make an important contribution to sustainability, which has everything to do with “lifecycle thinking.” PlasticsEurope, an association of plastic producers, explains how that works in a video.

A change is occurring throughout Europe at the moment. We are transitioning from a linear to a circular economy. Products stay in the circle, which reduces pollution, climate change, and food wastage. Plastic can make a positive contribution to this. When we look at a product’s entire lifecycle, we see that plastics help preserve many valuable raw materials.

Plastic in the automotive sector

Take the use of plastics in the automotive sector, an area where ITB Group has decades of experience. Plastic components make vehicles lighter. As a result, they require less fuel and are less pollutive.

Reuse of plastic

Another highly sustainable aspect: recycling. Plastic products can be recycled after use. We do not recycle used products yet at ITB, although it is possible to reuse rejected products. How? We grind the plastic up into granules and mix this with the new granules as they enter the machine. The machine melts the granules down and injects the result into the mould. Our customers can choose what percentage of the shot weight they wish to reuse and we also advise them in this matter.

Would you like to know more about the sustainability of plastic products?

At ITB, we take the environment into account in a number of ways. Would you like to know how? Take a look at our sustainability measures or contact us. We would be happy to tell you more about our sustainable production methods.