New book aims to help plastics processors improve their sustainability credentials

THE British Plastics Federation (BPF) has published a book designed to provide practical guidance to plastics processors to help them improve their overall sustainability.

Sustainability Management in Plastics Processing: Strategies, Targets, Techniques and Tools has been written by plastic manufacturing specialist Dr Robin Kent of Tangram Technology and supported by BPF Energy.

The book covers all the main areas of a product’s lifecycle and shows how improvements can be made in key areas.

Spanning over 400 pages, the BPF said the advice and insights remain ‘accessible and practical’ while providing an ‘appropriate level of detail’ for professionals who are serious about improve the sustainability of their organisation.

The book explores how gains can be made by examining management systems, design, raw materials, manufacturing practices, energy use and water use. It also covers establishing a carbon footprint for both sites and products, minimising waste, the use and end of life phases for products, social responsibility, and reporting principles and standards.

Dr Robin Kent said, “Despite all that is written about sustainability and plastics, there is still a lack of practical information for the plastics processor who wants to improve the sustainability of their business. This book aims to provide plastics processors with the knowledge and tools needed to improve their sustainability and to demonstrate this to the outside world.

“It shows that sustainability management is not ‘rocket science’, simply good management and engineering with an eye to the long-term effects of our actions.”

BPF director general Philip Law added, “This is a ‘must-have’ book. It is unique and will stand for some time as the authority on the subject. It is the product of a lifetime’s experience of manufacturing management and the skilful application of sustainability principles to plastics processing.

“This fundamental manual is so comprehensive in its sweep that its practical guidance will be referred to time and time again by companies in the plastics industry. The BPF is proud to be its publisher and to make it available to the industry as a tool for plastics manufacturers to use in their resolute march towards sustainability.”

Sustainability Management in Plastics Processing is available to buy at