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A day without plastics is unthinkable in a modern, sustainable society. Plastics is used in an endless number of items in our daily lives and is extremely valuable for the individual and society.

We use plastics to insulate our houses and in district heating pipes; we use it to manufacture sustainable energy solutions and solutions for clean drinking water. We also reduce food waste by wrapping food in plastics. In Denmark, the plastics industry and its suppliers of raw materials, machinery and services are represented by the Danish Plastics Federation. Its mission is to strengthen the industry’s competitiveness and increase the population’s knowledge about plastic. The Danish Plastics Federation helps create the framework that enables Danish plastics companies to supply solutions required by society to improve the quality of life of the population, preserve resources and protect the environment.

In Denmark, the plastics industry and its suppliers of raw materials, machinery and services are represented by the Danish Plastics Federation. Its mission is to strengthen the industry’s competitiveness and increase the population’s knowledge about plastic. The Danish Plastics Federation helps create the framework that enables Danish plastics companies to supply solutions required by society to improve the quality of life of the population, preserve resources and protect the environment.

The Danish plastics industry employs around 30,000 people. The plastics companies are characterised by a high degree of innovation and knowhow, which enables them to manufacture products of high value to society: medical equipment, wind power, infrastructure solutions, insulation and packaging. Around 70% of production is exported.

Environmental management and management of health and safety and energy are integral parts of the day-to-day running of companies on production sites in Denmark and abroad. Twenty-six per cent of Danish Plastics Federation members with production facilities are certified according to the ISO 14001 environmental standard. In addition, the Danish plastics industry is the most energy-efficient plastics industry in the EU. Danish plastics companies even manage to see plastics waste, which normally presents a challenge, as a potential resource.

The trade association works on an ongoing basis to develop services and tools to strengthen the CSR work of plastics companies. The digital life-cycle assessment tool (LCA), the ‘Plastic eco-calculator’, is the latest addition to the family. The industry is also responsible for ensuring that we, as a society, make optimum use of plastics material, and that it does not end up in the sea and along our shores. The Danish Plastics Federation therefore endeavours to find solutions to these problems.

World view on CSR in the plastics industry

From a global point of view, plastics waste is a growing problem due to the lack of strategies and infrastructure to handle plastic products once discarded. Waste in the ocean and along our shores threatens fauna, eco-systems, the fishing industry and tourism. Fifty-six global plastics industry organisations, including the Danish Plastics Federation, have therefore joined forces and signed the "Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter" to find a solution to the problem.