In 2015, the UN adopted a new treaty on climate change, the Paris Agreement. Reaching the goal requires each of us to reduce our CO2 emissions and climate footprint by more than 10 % a year. This is why all of us — businesses, manufacturers and consumers — need to revisit our material choices. Here on materialsmart.se we help you to become material-smart and conscious about how you can contribute to lowering our CO2 emissions.
For any finished product on the shelf, between 60 and 80 percent of the carbon footprint originates from the raw materials it is produced from. That is why manufacturers have a responsibility to choose the best materials for their product in terms of function, weight and carbon footprint, but also a responsibility to choose the right packaging for the product. In many cases the carbon footprint can be reduced significantly by selecting plastic instead of, for instance, metal, wood or paper.
It is also possible to make a significant CO2 saving by replacing a plastic material with an optimized plastic raw material. This can also be achieved by switching from a virgin plastic raw material to a recycled material. There is a wide range of alternative materials for both products and packaging.
“- As consumers, we must actively choose the best option. As entrepreneurs or producers, we must also give consumers that opportunity. We do this by taking responsibility for ensuring that the product and its packaging have as little climate impact as possible during production. The right material for the right product. Henrik Palokangas, Sustainability Specialist for polymer materials, Polykemi, Ystad, Sweden.”