• Transparent materials have long been the preserve of luxury goods. Plastics have now broken into, and entered, markets once ruled by glass...and gone above and beyond expectations.

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  • The 4th European Plastics Industry Summit will be hosted in Brussels and organised by the plastics industry for all key players: industries using plastics, retailers, policy-makers, NGOs, media and academia.

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  • Life Cycle Assessment & Product Environmental Footprint

    High Level Information Day hosted by PlasticsEurope - Brussels, Tuesday 24 June 2014

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  • Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2014

    This year's event will revolve around the theme of "Enhancing the value of partnerships" and will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Rome, on the 8th - 9th May 2014.

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  • Post-consumer plastic waste research & annual report

    Research done on an annual basis since 2005 to keep track of extensive and reliable data and information year by year, country by country, application by application

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  • Solutions to marine litter

    The European plastics industry has brought together 56 plastics industry organisations from 32 countries around the world to sign up to a "Joint Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter”

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Did you know ?

  • Seat belts made of durable polyamide or polyester fibre

    have had a greater effect on reducing road casualties than any other safety feature.

  • Plastics are the material of choice

    for a number of developments in the automotive sector.

  • Plastic car shock absorber weighs 50 % less than the alternative product but absorb 5 times more energy

  • A recently developed all-plastic wheel rim

    weighing only 6 kg, is over 30% lighter than standard wheels.

  • Plastics make a significant contribution

    to energy savings in cars through space maximising insulation, durable parts and corrosion-proof paint.

  • The use of 100 kg plastics in automotive engineering replaces up to 200-300 kg of traditional materials.

  • Plastics are one of the most energy efficient materials

    over their entire life-cycle and make a significant contribution to energy savings in buildings

  • Only 4% of World's oil production is used to produce plastics.

  • Less than 1% of the global plastics production is bio-based plastics.

  • Plastics are both insulators and conductors of electricity.

  • Packaging is the most used sector in Europe.

  • Polyethylene is the plastic type with the highest demand in Europe.

  • It takes 90% less energy to recycle a kilo of plastics compared to a kilo of paper.

  • Estonia shows the biggest improvement in diverting plastics waste from landfill in the past 5 years.

  • 40% of unpacked food is wasted in developing countries.

  • 98% of the food in developed countries is preserved thanks to packaging.

  • A cucumber can stay 14 days fresh when wrapped in plastic packaging.

  • Roughly 40% of the EU's total consumption of energy is caused by buildings.

  • You save 3% of fuel for every 5% reduction in the weight of a car.

  • Only 70 litres of oil are needed to produce one cubic meter of plastic for roof insulation.

  • The city of London is saving 30 million litres a day thanks to replacing 1,770 km of its old pipes with plastic ones.

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