How Everyday Plastics Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

Plastics are lightweight and strong, allowing us to do more with less material, which often results in a smaller environmental footprint.

More Ways Plastics Help the Environment

Two blue recycling bins

It’s easier than you think! Did you know that more than 18,000 grocery and retail stores collect plastic grocery bags for recycling? Or that some college sports stadiums can generate 100 tons of waste per game?

Recycling helps generate local revenue, supports local recycling jobs, and enables us to continue to benefit from valuable resources. Read up on all 9 of our easy tips to help make sure you’re recycling everything you can - at home or on the go.

little brothers with father making lunch

Even though we rely on them every day, plastics can still surprise us.

This happens in many different ways - reducing food and packaging waste, supporting fuel efficiency in our vehicles, and doing more with less energy. Every day, plastics help us lower our environmental impact in dramatic ways.

Find out how these amazing materials are related to our environmental footprint with these 7 surprising facts.

Peanuts in a jar

In 2016, Trucost asked an interesting question in one of their studies: what is the cost of using plastics compared to using other materials? The answer turned out to be . . . surprising.

What makes a plastic jar of roasted peanuts such a great example of how plastics have lesser environmental costs than alternative materials?

Plastic packaging can help reduce the amount of material we need to protect our food - the facts may surprise you!

Man looking at goods in grocery section while shopping in supermarket

The term "sustainability" is relatively new - so what does it really mean when it comes to plastics? The ideas are complex, especially when we think about both what plastics are and how they are used.

Enter sustainable materials management, which digs deep into these ideas to provide a deeply detailed measure of environmental sustainability.

Learn more about this emerging field and how we can grow our understanding.

Woman next to hood of car

Plastic does a lot more than give your car bold color and a beautiful finish. Reducing a vehicle's weight by as little as 10% can increase fuel economy by up to 7%. What better way to do that than with lightweight and durable plastic materials?

Sometimes big environmental changes come from unexpected places - and plastic's power surprises us once again.

Take a look at how plastics are revolutionizing cars.

Frozen Food in plastic packaging

So much time, energy, and material goes into the production of our food. The amount of food wasted every year in U.S. is staggering. How do we fix that problem?

Plastic packaging can lead to less food waste by helping preserve fresh flavors in frozen food, reducing spoilage and significantly extending shelf life.

Eat healthier, waste less food - frozen foods packaged in plastic are a great way to achieve both goals at once!