The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has launched a sustainability report focusing on the plastics supply chain, including sustainable manufacturing practices, sector-specific contributions to sustainability and end of life management.

According to the BFP, the report shows how the plastics industry is ‘contributing significantly to strengthening the market for secondary plastics materials, decreasing energy use in plastics processing, and setting new international standards’.

The report also features case studies on subjects such as reducing reliance on energy from the grid and sorting technology for plastic waste.

‘Because the plastics industry has been under such public scrutiny it has a far greater understanding of what sustainability means for an industrial material than any other sector,’ said chairman of BPF sustainability committee Jason Leadbitter.

‘Most major sectors depend on plastics to a greater or lesser degree: retail, automotive, aerospace, construction and healthcare, just to cite a few,’ added BPF director-general, Philip Law. ‘Gains in the sustainability of plastics are gains for these businesses and for the UK economy and environment as a whole.’

The complete report can be found here.

This story uses material from the BFP, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.