Yes. Only about 4 percent of the United States energy consumption is actually used to produce plastic raw materials,including feedstocks. This is quite a small percentage in comparison to energys other uses. In addition,it often takes less energy to convert plastics from a raw material into a finished product that comparable products.10,11 For instance:

During their life cycle,plastic bags require about one-third less energy to make than paper bags.*

Foam polystyrene containers take 30 percent less total energy to make than paperboard containers.

Fifty-three billion kilowatt hours of electricity are saved annually by improvements in major appliance energy efficiency made possible by plastic applications. Without the benefits provided by plastics insulation,these appliances would use up to 30 percent more energy.


Source: ICPE - ENVIS