Plastics help us to do more with less in many ways. Because they’re durable, lightweight, and versatile, plastics can help reduce waste and consume less energy. ACC’s Plastics Division supports sustainability initiatives that are conducted in accordance with principles that conserve resources and minimize the environmental and health impacts of plastics and plastic products.

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Study from Trucost Finds Plastics Reduce Environmental Costs by Nearly 4 Times Compared to Alternatives

A new study by Trucost finds the environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than it would be if plastics were replaced with alternative materials. The study is based on natural capital accounting methods, which measure and value environmental impacts-such  as consumption of natural water and emissions to air, land and water-which are not typically factored into traditional financial accounting.

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Plastics Statistics

The Plastics Industry Producers Statistics Group (PIPS) provides relevant, timely, comprehensive and extensive business statistics on the plastic resins industry.