Plastics are one of the most unsung heroes in the realm of energy efficiency and sustainability. Simply put, plastics are a champion of energy efficiency and sustainability because they help people do more with less—it’s the very idea of efficiency, made into a product.
This valuable property of plastics has birthed many wonderful advancements and improvements across multiple industries.
Plastic packaging makes shipping a breeze
When it comes to packaging and shipping, plastic helps manufacturers ship more products using less packaging material. Not only does this reduce costs by reducing the raw amount of packaging material needed to ship goods, but it’s also eco-friendly because it reduces the weight of transportation vehicles, thereby lowering fuel costs and reducing carbon footprint.
Lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles
The same eco-friendly principle holds true for creating cars as well. Lighter vehicles consume less fuel and pollute less, and they can also achieve better performance and safety standards. Green vehicles are a perfect example of this concept in practice—click here to learn more!
Plastics help create smaller, more efficient electronics and appliances
Plastics also play a big role in making advancements with energy efficient appliances and other electronics. Most notably, plastics are essential as devices become smaller in weight and size—plastics are partly to thank for our comparatively slim modern TVs and other electronics.
Beyond this, plastics often serve to increase the performance of electronic devices they are in, literally making appliances more energy efficient and even increasing their longevity.
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