From an ecological point of view, polyethylene is one of the most environmentally friendly materials:

 

 

  • It is an efficient material. International production of polyethylene takes up less than 1 percent of total oil and natural gas production.
  • Production of polyethylene is relatively clean and efficient: the pollutant emissions are minimal and there is almost no waste.
  • Polyethylene is easy to recycle. It is a thermoplastic material, i.e. there are almost no limits to melting it down and working it into new products. Thus, carrier bags and household rubbish bags are now made from recycled polyethylene.
  • If polyethylene is collected after use and cannot be reprocessed, it represents a high quality fuel for energy generation.
 
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