More plastics "good for resource efficiency"

Reversing ongoing substitution of traditional materials by plastics would increase life-cycle energy consumption in affected applications by 26%, according to a study published in April by trade body PlasticsEurope. The findings were "extremely important" for the forthcoming EU thematic strategy on sustainable use of natural resources, due out this summer, it said. Plastics deliver energy savings relative to other materials in "virtually all" areas, the study found. PlasticsEurope concluded that continued switching to plastics "could provide further benefits", though not absolute decoupling between economic growth and environmental impacts. See press release.

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