Quantifying environmental benefits of recycled plastic

Read the full story at Plastics Recycling Update.

Researchers have calculated substantial upsides from making products out of recycled PET, HDPE and PP instead of prime plastics.

For example, using RPET may generate half the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of virgin plastic, according to preliminary data released by Franklin Associates. The reductions may be even greater for recycled polyolefins.

Franklin Associates is conducting the research on behalf of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). APR’s president, Steve Alexander, noted that brand owners will be able to reference the data to calculate progress toward their sustainability goals when they use recycled plastic. He called the life cycle inventory research “a critical tool to utilize and market the value of recycled materials.”

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