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Strong, lightweight plastics enable us to live better while contributing to sustainability in many ways—all of which stem from plastics’ ability to help us do more with less.  

Plastics help us protect the environment by reducing waste, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and saving energy at home, at work, and on the road. Plastic packaging helps to dramatically extend the shelf life of fresh foods and beverages while allowing us to ship more product with less packaging material—reducing both food and packaging waste. 

Plastic insulation, sealants, and other building products are making our homes significantly more energy efficient, while reducing costs for heating and cooling. And lightweight plastics in cars can dramatically increase miles per gallon, saving drivers money at the pump. 

Plastics not only help doctors save lives, they protect our loved ones at home, on the road, on the job and at play. And these advanced materials are helping make health care more affordable.

These are just a few examples of many plastics innovations helping to create a better, more sustainable future.

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Healthcare Innovations Made Possible by Plastics

Advances in medical technology touch all of us. Two basic advances alone—sterile plastic packaging and disposable medical items—have helped prevent countless infections, a leading cause of death. Read more about recent advancements.

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