Few realize how important plastics are to our environmental future. Plastics help conserve our resources – water, land, fuel, oil – and through their intelligent application in agriculture, help maximize food production to feed a hungry world.
And plastics are critical in the fight against climate change. As we transition to a low-carbon economy, intelligent plastics will play a pivotal role enabling significant energy conservation and greenhouse gas reductions through greener buildings, lighter-weight cars and new green solar and wind energy. Being 85% lighter than most other materials, plastics' use in packaging already contributes to significant energy and emission reductions in transportation. In the auto sector, the weight reduction achieved through the substitution of plastics for other materials saves 3.3 billion litres of fuel a year.