The Plastics Industry Association is making sure manufacturers and processors alike recycle and use sustainable initiatives.
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain and represents 954,000 workers in the $418 billion U.S. industry.
Since its founding in 1937, the organization has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. This year, the association celebrates its 80th anniversary and a new name, Plastics Industry Association, or PLASTICS for short.
The new name conveys a brand that is simple, straightforward, and self-defining. It’s a forward-thinking association that believes in plastics’ ability to improve people’s lives.
For eight decades, the organization has provided education and advocacy to its members. Its councils and committees and events, such as the signature global tradeshow NPE: The Plastics Show, bring the boldest and brightest innovators, influencers, and new technology together to create connections and showcase the plastics industry.
PLASTICS believes in working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive, advancing sustainability and being a good steward of resources, and promoting plastics manufacturing.
From the technological advancements it enables to the possibilities it creates, the organization is dedicated to helping members shape the future and make a positive impact every day.
In Our Everyday Lives
Plastics are so versatile, and every day there are new applications.
Compared to other materials, they have an unbelievable carbon footprint. Think about their role in the automotive industry, for example. Plastics have the ability to make very strong, yet very light, transportation vehicles. The only way we are going to meet the demanding requirements of higher fuel efficiency is with these replacing other materials.
Plastics also play a major role in food safety. Because of food packaging, grocers, food manufacturers, and consumers are able to keep food fresher and safer for long periods of time.
Plastics in the medical field enable critical life-saving devices. From catheters, blood bags, syringes, and stents to medical equipment and building materials that are easy to clean and disinfect, increased reliance on plastic pharmaceutical and medical devices has generated remarkable breakthroughs that enhance the delivery of medical care and make it easier for billions of people to live longer, healthier lives.
Commitment to Sustainability
This material is a valuable resource that should always be recovered for their highest and best use. The association works with its members and challenges companies to use more recycled content and design products so they can be more easily recycled.
PLASTICS helps businesses achieve their sustainability goals by
- promoting the use of the recycled material in new products.
- educating companies about how to recycle more and make their products easier for consumers to recycle.
- demonstrating viable business models for collecting and recycling different types of plastic materials from locations like offices, hospitals, and other areas.
- incentivizing companies to eliminate waste and increase recycling.
- measuring the amount of wasted recyclable plastic material.
- collaborating with organizations including The Recycling Partnership, Keep America Beautiful, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Trash-Free Waters, and Ocean Conservancy to make recycling easier and more available, as well as address environmental challenges.
A PLASTICS membership gives companies a voice in shaping the industry’s future and a measurable return on investment in discounts, networking, advocacy, educational programming, and business opportunities that can only come from joining.
Members have the opportunity to
- connect with suppliers and new and existing customers at events.
- drive direction, projects, and use of resources through participation in councils and committees.
- save money with discounted rates at NPE: The Plastics Show and all other events.
- reduce overhead company costs with PLASTICS Business Benefit programs.
- build the company’s profile in the plastics industry through member spotlights in PLASTICS publications.
- protect and grow business through PLASTICS advocacy.
Types of Members
- Material Supplier: Manufacturer of raw materials such as resins, fillers, stabilizers, pigments, and other components
- Equipment Manufacturer: Manufacturer of equipment, machinery, tools, spare parts, and other components
- Moldmaker: Manufacturer of plastic part molds and related components
- Processor: Manufacturer of plastic products through injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming, extrusion, transfer molding, compression molding, and other methods
- Recycler/Material Supplier: Recycler who converts post-consumer or post-industrial materials into resin pellets, flake, or other feedstocks used by processors
- Recycler/Processor: Manufacturer of plastic products containing post-consumer or post-industrial recycled plastic
- Brand Owner: Processor, purchaser, or user of plastics as a raw material or in finished form as part of any product that is sold or marketed to commercial or retail markets in the U.S.
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is a purpose-driven organization here to support the entire plastics supply chain.
We believe in working to make our members and the industry more globally competitive. We believe in advancing sustainability and being a good steward of resources. We believe in promoting plastics manufacturing.
Since 1937, we’ve been providing education and advocacy to our members. Our committees and events such as our signature global tradeshow NPE, bring the boldest and brightest innovators, influencers and new technology together to create connections and showcase our industry.
From the technological advancements we enable to the possibilities we create, we’re dedicated to helping our members shape the future and make a positive impact every day.
PLASTICS. Better Industry. Better World.