A continuing series of innovations in the plastics industry are contributing to improving the quality of our lives. Ever more products made out of plastic are even contributing to sustainability, environmental friendliness and energy efficiency!
The consumption of plastics worldwide will never be something we can avoid altogether, but one can reduce it. It must rather be the goal to prevent careless plastic waste disposal by establishing plastics as valuable materials which are used again through recycling.
The “plastic garbage dump, the sea“ is a global problem which cannot wait just for political solutions regarding recycling and cascaded utilization to be established, but which is additionally dependent on private initiatives which are engaging in environmental protection throughout the world.
Plastics are a fixed component of our society
The plastics industry is continuously developing new innovations with which our quality of life is being ever more increased in many areas of our daily life.
These developments are subject to the highest quality standards, which means that newly approved plastics can be counted amongst the best tested and most strictly controlled products in Europe. At the same time this fact guarantees that new developments are always also associated with resource efficiency and therefore contribute to climate protection. Plastics are therefore economically sustainable.
When are plastics good for us?
Our modern lifestyle would be unthinkable without plastics! Every sector of industry is now dependent on plastics. Costs, stability or also the fact that it can be moulded into any form and therefore the endless flexibility and usability of plastics make it the most competitive material of all.
Whether used in the automobile industry, building industry, in medicine or in the electrical industry: across all industries socially relevant products are being manufactured and continuously further developed. The following are just some examples:
- In the building industry plastics allow one, for example, to make energy saving insulations and is therefore a future prerequisite for environmentally friendly house building.
- We profit from an extremely modern, hygienic health system thanks to plastics (disposable syringes, blood bags or also heart valves).
- High performance, energy efficient and safety promoting plastics in transportation (building vehicles, but also when building aircraft, trains and ships)
- The electronics industry on the other hand profits, for example, from the electrical insulating properties of plastics.
In the building industry plastics allow one, for example, to make energy saving insulations and is therefore a future prerequisite for environmentally friendly house building.
We profit from an extremely modern, hygienic health system thanks to plastics (disposable syringes, blood bags or also heart valves).
The electronics industry on the other hand profits, for example, from the electrical insulating properties of plastics.
High performance, energy efficient and safety promoting plastics in transportation (building vehicles, but also when building aircraft, trains and ships)
When are plastics bad for us?
The disadvantage of plastics or plastic products is very clearly the world-wide rubbish problem which accompanies the enormous increase in plastics production.
Plastics are above all inappropriate when they cannot be recycled or they are not recycled properly. Far too many products made out of plastic are throw-away articles and are not recycled.
There is also, however, the plastics waste which should actually be reusable but, because of a lack of recycling know-how or financial means in regions outside of Europe, it ends up in the residual waste or in nature. Furthermore, thrown away plastics waste is transported by wind and over rivers into the sea where it has already massively changed and destroyed habitats today.
As it arrives it is further transported by the undersea currents – even into remote and uninhabited regions and, yes, also into natural parks and particularly unique regions worth protecting on this earth.
Plastics are usually manufactured from natural raw materials like crude oil, coal and also renewable plants, but everyone knows that nature can no longer degrade the casually thrown away end products. What is even worse:
Used plastics waste which is not recycled for its intended purpose places a very great and permanent load upon our earth and destroys the habitat of people and animals.
Since the 70s an enormous amount of work has been done at our latitude or in informed industrial nations concerning environmental protection, avoiding use of plastics and also recycling of plastics. Currently there has been the legally required introduction of an obligatory charge for plastic bags in many member states of the European Union.
However, the people living in more remote regions, above all in emerging and developing countries, simply do not have the know-know and the financial capacities to implement systematic and sustainable recycling.
And here is where the initiative "Industry Responsibility" starts:
We wish to support projects and organisations worldwide who are engaging in particularly valuable regions which are worth protecting on earth for environmental, nature and species protection in that they sensitize and actively involve the local population, but also the tourists who feel attracted towards such spectacular natural sites.
In this way the industrial sponsors behind IndustryResponsibility transport the applied environmental awareness and engagement in their company to some of the most beautiful regions, which are so worthy of protection, on our planet.