The Plastic Museum in Madrid and the importance of raising awareness about recycling
On May 17th, on the occasion of the international recycling day, the Plastic Museum. This ephemeral museum, built entirely with this material, was created to highlight the multiple properties of plastic, which has to deal with the prejudices of users, but which is vital in our days. All the material in the museum, including the walls, have been made with recycled plastic, which will be used again. And from Polymer Technic we want to highlight the building structures made with recycled methacrylate. The material will be used to make objects that will go on sale with the slogan: “I used to be a museum.”
PLASTIC AS A SOLUTION
Raise awareness that the problem is not the material, but the misuse of it. This has been the main objective of the Museum of Plastic. For this reason and thus providing the best example of sustainability, the material that has been part of the installation will now be recycled.
In addition, it has served to invite citizen reflection on plastics, materials that they offer so much and have offered to society in terms of health, technological, social and environmental, and for which there is a recycling solution with the collaboration of all .
Only within the field of health, plastic is the basis of essential elements such as prostheses, incubators, syringes … and if we expand the field, plastic plays an essential role in our quality of daily life, in uses such as electrical appliances, vehicles, greenhouses , building…
Likewise, the museum has wanted to raise awareness in society about how plastics contribute when they are used correctly. As well as putting the focus on the importance of the use of plastic, and its contribution to the protection of the environment through all phases: ecodesign, use, reuse and recycling.
THE IMPORTANCE OF RECYCLED PLASTIC
Emphasize the advances that society has achieved thanks to the innovative capacity of these materials, the changes that their use has entailed in our daily lives, and the advantages they offer in terms of safety (health, food or transport) . These have been another of the objectives of the Plastic Museum, which also served to show, in addition, what is its contribution in the fight against climate change through the reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
In short, plastic on the inside and plastic on the outside to raise awareness, something that we at Polimer Tecnic take into account. Experts precisely in plastic materials, we work with different recycled materials, giving them a new use and thus contributing to sustainability. Here are some of them:
- Recycled laundry methacrylate: a material ten times lighter than glass and with great resistance to aging, which is produced from recycled material, and which is an excellent product for outdoor use.
- Vitrodeck recycled WPC decking: a material designed for the execution of ecological WPC pallets, made with recycled plastics from industrial and urban waste.
- Recycled polyethylene profiles: material that is produced with the use of urban, industrial and domestic waste, generating one of the most ecological and resistant options, within the range of plastics.
As we have just seen, plastic is a tremendously versatile material that can be used for multiple functions. At Polimer Tecnic we use it, for example, in industry, construction, architecture or security, but it has many more uses. And this is something that the Plastic Museum has tried to value.
It is about emphasizing the importance of a product that has made society move towards sustainability. The resistance of plastic, together with its lightness, means that means of transport such as cars, buses, planes or boats have greatly reduced their weight, thus allowing less fuel consumption. Plastic is also the base material for renewable energy infrastructures, such as solar panels or components of wind mills, among many others.
THE FUTURE OF PLASTIC IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
With the Museum of Plastic it has also wanted to defend the idea of the circular economy. And the best example is the 8.400 kg of plastic that have been used to shape the enclosure. All this material will be what gives life, among others, to the merchandising of the museum. But the uses are practically endless.
The circular economy represents a more sustainable and alternative model to the traditional linear economy. A linear model follows the make-use-discard route. In contrast, in a circular economy, resources are used for as long as possible, maximum value is extracted from them while they are in use, and then they are reclaimed and regenerated to become new products and materials at the end of their useful life. Therefore, a circular economy also means a form of improve competitiveness and resource efficiency.
It is precisely the unique characteristics of plastics that allow them to play an important role on the path to a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. Some lighter, more versatile and durable plastics they can help save essential resources such as energy and water, and are key in key sectors such as packaging, building and construction, automotive and renewable energy, to name a few.
It is thus demonstrated that plastic can be used for multiple functions and that banning plastics by renouncing their advantages is not the solution. However, we must be aware that to improve the circularity of plastic, it is essential to ensure the recovery of more and more plastics, so that they do not end up in the landfill or in the environment.
The main goal of the museum has been precisely the public awareness, showing that, in the use of plastic, the bad thing is not the use of the material as many think, but the use that is given to it. As we know from Polimer Tecnic, nowadays all plastic can be recycled and citizen collaboration is essential to be able to carry it out.
All the plastic materials that Polimer Tecnic sells are recyclable and waste is recovered, as is the case with glass or metal bottles. Polimer Tecnic, aware of the environment, offers all its customers the commitment to accept all plastic waste generated from the materials supplied with the commitment to introduce them back to the production chain generating new ecologically sustainable products.
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