Environment and Sustainability

Polymers and polymer technologies have made a profound positive contribution to the quality of human life, and to the growth of the modern economy. This is reflected below, where some drivers for growth in the usage of polymers (thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers) are illustrated.

The manufacture, use and disposal of these products, however, impacts on the environment due to their consumption of material resources and energy; with additional penalties of CO2, other gaseous emissions, low-grade heat, liquid and solid waste. These challenges are compounded by increasing strains on global resources for the collection, sorting and reprocessing of material. Flexible plastics packaging, in particular, poses a significant challenge and according to some estimates accounts for the bulk of leakage into our oceans.

GPC has conducted extensive research into the environmental impact of polymers and backs this up with decades of experience in the reprocessing, testing and validation of engineering materials and products, as well as having specific relevant knowledge and experience in the manufacture and recycability of single- and multi-use plastics. 

Choose your area of interest below to find out how our services, technologies and resources can meet your requirements.

Recycling and recyclate safety

Supply chain integrity

Design for sustainability

Responsible consumption and production

Material selection and substitution

Human factors engineering 

What our clients say...

"GPC were meticulous and precise with their work, and their knowledge of polymers is immense. Tasks were always completed on time and the attention to detail followed in their reports is helping us realise our goal of new product introduction”

International clean energy client