Responsible Plastic Manufacturing

R&D/Leverage and the Adler Industrial Solutions family of companies take pride in being at the forefrontof changes in the plastics industry. We take seriously our responsibilities as a manufacturer to protectand preserve the environment.

Plastics provide important safety and sanitation benefits, including enhancing health and wellness; improving access to safe, nutritious foods; and reducing environmental impacts. Sterile plastics help medical professionals safely administer medicines and lifesaving medial treatments, while preventing the spread of infection and disease.

In the food and beverage industry, the strength and light weight of plastic packaging can result in a smaller environmental footprint than replacing plastic with other packaging options. The construction industry is the second-largest consumer of plastics in the U.S., using plastics in pipes, wiring, flooring, wall covering, water proofing, valves and more to make homes safe and affordable.

Many companies that manufacture plastic items or use plastic packaging have initiated recycling programs to reduce the amount of plastics that end up in our landfills and water systems. Some notable initiatives include:

With so many types of plastics and so many uses come multitudes of questions about health, safety and the environment. Here are some additional resources you may find helpful in answering your questions about plastics.

Plastic isn’t as simple as you may think. Each one of them is different from the others. Some of them are reusable, the others produce hazardous material after several uses. Some are easily recyclable, others need more sophisticated and intricate handlings in its recycling process.

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When comparing materials throughout the entire life cycle of a package, plastics leave a much smaller environmental footprint than alternatives.

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People rely on plastic products and packaging to improve our quality of life in several ways. Plastics enhance health and wellness; improve access to safe, nutritious foods; and reduce environmental impacts. For example, we rely on sterile plastics to help safely administer medicines and lifesaving medical treatments, while preventing the spread of infection and disease. Plastics also help keep food fresher longer, helping to prevent waste, food poisoning, and illness.

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Plastics are lightweight and strong, allowing us to do more with less material, which often results in a smaller environmental footprint.

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Plastics are often seen as the culprit for global warming, the worst offender for waste and litter and a material that needs to be removed as much as possible. But removing plastics or changing them to alternatives such as paper, glass and cotton is not the answer. These 'greener' alternatives are actually far worse for the environment.

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Plastics can be confusing. There, we said it. From the way they’re manufactured to the way different materials have different properties to the way that different items can be recycled depending on where you live, there are plenty of opportunities for people to get a little intimidated about plastics—which opens the door for them to find answers from sources that are misleading, incomplete or flat-out wrong.

Read a running list of busted myths about plastics