Plastic pollution and the responsibility of the industry

GREEN Over the past 70 years more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced. And only 9 % has been recycled. To reduce the obscene amount of newly produced plastic, to clean up what has already been dumped, and to find ways to reuse this plastic are three major challenges we are currently facing. All over the world there are good initiatives from people taking action. But what about the responsibility of the industry? The ones who actually have the power to make the biggest environmental difference by creating a smarter and greener industry.

In 1950, a global population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic. In 2016, the world population of 7 billion people produced more than 320 million tons of plastic. Most of it still exists in some form as plastic takes over 400 years to degrade. No wonder plastic pollution can be found on every beach in the world today, from busy tourist beaches to uninhabited. More or less all plastic ending up in our oceans is carried there by just 10 rivers, most of them from overly populated industrial cities. If present trends continue, by 2050 there might be more plastic in the ocean than fish, and the amount of plastic in landfills will be 35 000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.

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Modern industry of all segments is driven by three parameters. Efficient and flexible production processes, an ergonomic and clean production and an overall concern of sustainability, balancing energy and resources in order not to adversely affect the environment. We have chosen to call these three success factors Lean, Clean & Green.

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