These Plastics
Deliver Water

These Plastics
Reduce Food Waste

These Plastics
Save Lives

These Plastics
Deliver Water

These Plastics
Reduce Food Waste

These Plastics
Save Lives

We share the common goal of protecting the environment. Let’s ensure policies support keeping these essential plastics out of the environment, and in the economy.

We share the common goal of protecting the environment. Let’s ensure policies support keeping these essential plastics out of the environment, and in the economy.

We share the common goal of protecting the environment. Let’s ensure policies support keeping these essential plastics out of the environment, and in the economy.

We share the common goal of protecting the environment. Let’s ensure policies support keeping these essential plastics out of the environment, and in the economy.

We share the common goal of protecting the environment. Let’s ensure policies support keeping these essential plastics out of the environment, and in the economy.

We share the common goal of protecting the environment. Let’s ensure policies support keeping these essential plastics out of the environment, and in the economy.

Plastics are vital for preserving and safeguarding essentials.

Neglecting their role risks human and environmental well-being.

Why Are Some Plastics Essential?

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and select polymers play a crucial role in preserving and protecting various aspects of our lives.

They combine strong barrier performance with biostability, they can be formed into intricate shapes, are lightweight and unbreakable, and ensure costs for essential goods are kept low and accessible.

How Are These Plastics Essential?

These Plastics Preservation & Protection

Preservation & Protection

Plastics play a vital role in preserving the quality and freshness of products, extending shelf life, and protecting contents from natural hazards such as oxygen, dirt, and 1,400 pathogens.

Health

Plastics have made healthcare safer and more accessible. By reducing spoilage and preserving nutritional value, plastics also contribute to supporting food security, maintaining human health and well-being.

Environmental Impact

Compared to alternative packaging materials such as glass and aluminum, a PET package has a lower carbon footprint, lower energy usage, and lower blue water consumption.

Affordability

Plastics, particularly PET, are cost effective, supporting accessibility to essential goods with lower costs of production, logistics, and packaging. 

Versatility

Their ability to be molded into various shapes and sizes makes plastics critical for both medical applications, and versatile for packaging a wide range of  essential products.

PET Plastics' Essential Contributions

Reducing Food Waste

PET plastic packaging prolongs the shelf life of food, reduces food waste, and minimizes the burden on the supply chain and environment. Packaging can significantly reduce food waste compared to non packaged food. Just 1.5g of plastic extends a cucumber’s shelf life to 14 days.

Ensuring Safety

PET Plastic ensures safety, especially when it comes to our most critical needs like clean water. Shockingly, a quarter of the world’s population does not have access to safe drinking water. In times of crisis, like natural disasters, bottled water becomes a lifeline.

Enabling Health

More than 70% of consumable medical devices are made of plastic. 300+ billion plastic parts are used in consumable medical devices each year globally.

These plastics are not only essential for environmental and societal well-being but also as a fundamental driver of economic growth.

With a total sales value of $35 billion, the plastics industry is a significant contributor to Canada’s economy.

Employing 93,000 people across 1,932 establishments, the plastics sector stands as the 5th largest employer in Canada’s manufacturing industry.

Plastics material not recovered represent a significant economic loss, amounting to $7.8 billion in missed opportunities for Canada in 2016 alone.

Preserve. Protect. Prosper.

Well-crafted environmental policy considers food safety and security, the prosperity of youth and all citizens, and environmental protection.

Establish Design Criteria
for Circularity

Encourage the intentional design of products and packaging so that they can be easily recycled and reused, reducing waste and environmental impact.

Recover the Material Through Industry-led Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Hold producers accountable for the lifecycle of their products, ensuring funds collected in an EPR scheme directly support collection infrastructure and recycling efforts to prevent plastic pollution.

Incentivize Recovery of the Material by Placing Value on Recycled Material

Provide economic incentives for recycling initiatives, ensuring that recycled materials are valued and effectively circulated back into the economy.

Establish Minimum Recycled Content Requirements

Set standards for all materials, including plastics, for incorporating recycled materials into new products to conserve resources and reduce reliance on virgin resources.

Consider a holistic life-cycle evaluation
of all materials

To truly protect human health and the environment, we must evaluate all materials through a holistic life-cycle evaluation against a universal & objective format that considers:

  1. Preserve & protect standards (functionality & effectiveness)

  2. Waste, carbon emissions, water use, deforestation, mining (comprehensive LCA)
  3. Availability, affordability and scalability (global solution that considers the needs of all people)

The circular economy keeps materials like PET in circulation, reducing waste and preserving our natural resources. Recycling works, and is a powerful tool for environmental restoration.