Recycle plastics to lower energy consumption and global warming

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in the United States unveiled its recent report showing that using recycled plastics to produce new products can significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared with using virgin plastics. The report was conducted through a comparison of three categories of common plastics which are common in daily use: PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) – Number 1 is used to produce bottles for drinking water or vegetable oil and synthetic fibers; HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) – Number 2 is used to produce packaging for cleaning products, shampoos, engine oil, pipes, plastic crates and artificial wood; and PP (Polypropylene) – Number 5 is used to produce containers for food, bins, baskets, bottles and vials.

The report also indicated that PET plastic helps lower total energy consumption by 79% and greenhouse gas emissions by 67%, whereas, HDPE plastic can reduce total energy consumption by 88% and greenhouse gas emissions by 71%. Furthermore, PP plastic can lower total energy consumption by 8% and greenhouse gas emissions by 71%.

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