Remaking the future

As a pillar of America’s critical manufacturing capacity, America’s Plastic Makers® play a key role in our nation’s ability to move people, energy, goods and water while simultaneously contributing to a lower-carbon future and driving down greenhouse gas emissions. From electric vehicles to life-saving medical devices, and from connectivity to advanced recycling technologies, plastic makers contribute essential materials, technologies and cutting-edge innovations backed by science, while also working to end plastic waste.

For too long, some plastics have been considered disposable—something that could be used and thrown away. But, by recognizing the value of used plastics, we can change our perspective, our behavior and the world.

Investments to Advance Recycling

Over 70 newly announced projects to help modernize recycling in the U.S. have the potential to divert over 17.5 billion pounds of waste from landfills each year.

Laying a foundation for sustainability

Plastic makers, retail brands, governments, NGOs and individuals are working together to create a lower-carbon future and change the way we think about plastic materials once they’ve reached the end of their lifecycle. And people across the country are already experiencing the benefits of reusing our valuable resources and reducing the impact of plastic on our environment.

Reducing Emissions

New plastic energy-efficient building products, coupled with other energy-efficient improvements, could lead to a 41% reduction in energy use and a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Improving our infrastructure

We can benefit from the many advantages of plastic for advancing our nation’s sustainable infrastructure; improving efficiency in electric vehicles, buildings and homes; and supporting national carbon reduction goals. Through innovative ideas, groundbreaking technologies and collaboration with dedicated partners, we’re focused on goals that will create new possibilities for a safer, cleaner future.

Committed to the Goal

100% of all plastic packaging in the U.S. will be recyclable or recoverable by 2030.

The circular economy

Imagine every new plastic product having a renewable lifecycle, going directly from being used once, to being used again and again. This is the basic idea behind the circular economy, also referred to as "circularity." It is a critical component of eliminating plastic waste while still being able to take advantage of all the benefits plastic provides. At its core, it means reusing rather than discarding materials. It is the next step in developing a more sustainable model — actually “conserving” plastic — and the right direction for our future.

Our goal is that 100% of U.S. plastic packaging will be recyclable or recoverable by 2030, and that 100% of U.S. plastic packaging will be reused, recycled or recovered by 2040.

Our partners

Making Sustainable Change is an initiative of the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division and its members.