Plastic is not only a versatile material allowing it to be used for a range of uses but it is also has benefits in terms of sustainability.
PVC has had some negative press in recent times but it is worth noting that, out of all of the commonly used materials, It is worth noting PVC has one of the highest rates of recyclability and sustainability (together with PET, PP and HDPE which are predominantly single use applications) within the EU.
What benefits does plastic have for the environment?
It’s lightweight – Over the lifetime of the average car, lightweight plastic parts save around 3,000 litres of fuel
It’s durable – Plastic pipes are designed to last for more than 100 years and also reduces the overall failure rate
It saves water – The production of a plastic bag consumes less than 4% of the water needed to make a paper bag
Low carbon footprint – all plastic can be recycled but it is not always technically or economically possible. If plastic can not be recycled the calorific value of plastic can be recovered through energy from waste plants. Recycling one tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of Carbon
It only uses 4% of the world's oil production - the rest is used for transport, energy, heat or is burnt.
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Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC, is one of the most widely used polymers in the world. Due to its versatile nature, PVC is used extensively across a broad range of industrial, technical and everyday applications.
PVC is most frequently made from salt (57%) and oil (43%), however in some regions of the world PVC is made without using oil feedstock at all (substituting oil-derived hydrocarbon with bio-derived hydrocarbon feedstock).