Polyethylene – more environmentally friendly than expected!!
Plastics and polyethylene have got a bad name for ocean pollution, which is certainly a major problem. However, it must be taken into account that this contamination is caused by improper handling by people. If, on the other hand, polyethylene is properly recycled, it can be recycled extremely well and ecologically.
The production of PE foils results in:
- 3 times less carbon monoxide
- 6 times less nitric oxide
- 8 times less hydrocarbon
- 13 times less sulfur dioxide
- 258 times less dust
… than with other materials.
Production / Ingredients
On the environmental friendliness of polyethylene:
- Plastic films made of polyethylene (PE) contain the same basic organic substances as wood and plant fibers, namely only carbon and water.
- PE films burn without leaving any residue to form carbon dioxide and water. No toxic vapors or gases and no slags are produced.
- PE films do not contain any plasticizers or heavy metals. They are physiologically harmless.
- In the production of PE films, there are no unpleasant odors or waste water.
- The use of raw materials, energy consumption in production, water consumption, weight and space requirements in landfills are lower with PE films than with comparable materials.
- PE films have a high tear and wet strength.
- PE films are groundwater-neutral in landfills and a welcomed source of energy in incineration plants.
Disposal / recycling
From an ecological point of view, polyethylene is one of the most environmentally friendly materials.
The emission of pollutants is very low during production.
Any plastic waste that arises is professionally recycled by us and thus fed back into the material cycle.
As a customer, you can dispose of our products in the “Grüner Punkt” / “Gelber Sack” and thus ensure that they are fed into the recycling cycle. Among other things, garbage bags are made from recycled polyethylene.
If the polyethylene can no longer be recycled after use (e.g. due to contamination from use), it is thermally recycled and converted into energy, i.e. district heating, instead of oil.
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