Plastics have use in all sectors of the economy. Though they have had a remarkable impact globally, it has become increasingly obvious that there is a price to be paid for their use. Plastics degrade very slowly. In some cases, burning plastic can release toxic fumes. In addition, the manufacturing of plastics often creates large quantities of chemical pollutants. Manufacturing of plastic affects the environment and steps should be taken so that there is a lower environmental cost.
Plastics New Zealand Incorporated is a leading trade association which has been adopting various means and ways to manage their business and production from the perspective of environment.
Terry Mischefski, Chair of the Environment Committee of Plastics New Zealand said:
The production of these Design for the Environment is a first for New Zealand industry, leading the way for plastics with specific guidelines on packaging, electronics, construction and agriculture. Plastics NZ wanted guidelines that reflect plastic manufacture and use in New Zealand as well as assisting our companies to meet the requirements of their export markets
Plastics New Zealand has a turnover in excess of $2 billion per year and employs a good number of people.
The developments undertaken by plastics New Zealand are:
The development of a Diploma in Design.
Specification of plastics.
The establishment of CPIT.
Cultivation of a joint venture between the Plastics Industry, Government and University of Auckland for the development of Centre of Excellence.
What will be the benefits of environmental guidelines?
Cost effective and high quality products can be manufactured.
Low environmental cost.
Recovery of resources, cleaner and good production.
Growth and success of plastic based technology in environmentally responsible manner.