IAPD’s GreenScene(TM) Program

The IAPD GreenScene(TM) program was developed to honor all member companies that are engaging in environmentally friendly business practices. To qualify for the IAPD GreenScene(TM) program, members may apply for the annual Environmental Excellence Award and/or participate in IAPD’s environmental survey.


IAPD Environmental Committee

IAPD is Going Green by Promoting Environmental Policies and Best Practices to the Plastics Industry.


The IAPD Environmental Committee was formed in April 2008. The committee is striving to make members more aware of how they can apply sustainability principles in the manufacturing, distribution, use and disposition of plastic materials.

The Environmental Committee encourages IAPD members to adopt green business practices, educates the end-user audience about the sustainability of plastics and promotes the environmentally friendly qualities of plastics to the public.


IAPD Environmental Excellence Award

The IAPD Environmental Excellence Award recognizes the innovative or exemplary environmental responsibility by a member firm. This special recognition will honor IAPD member companies that show environmental achievement in:

  • Best New Program
  • Most Improved Program
  • Best Recycling Program
  • Most Innovative Program
  • Best Overall Environmental Program

IAPD members can login to read more about the award program and apply for a 2015 Environmental Excellence Award.

Environmental Issues

Many people find it surprising that plastics can be the most environmentally friendly choice, but it’s something IAPD members have known for years. The plastics industry is committed to contributing to a cleaner, more sustainable world. People concerned with protecting the environment should know that plastics contribute to energy efficiency, resource conservation and waste reduction.

Plastics and Energy Efficiency

Can plastics actually save energy? Yes. And they use less energy than you might think. The raw materials that go into the production of plastics account for only 1.5 percent of total U.S. energy consumption. In addition, it often takes less energy to convert plastics from a raw material into a finished product than comparable products made of other materials.

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Environmental Best Practices

IAPD has adopted best practices in regard to conservation and the environment. IAPD member companies are encouraged to adopt these practices in their business operations. The best practices pertain to three issues: 1) energy, 2) emissions and 3) recycling. Active involvement in these areas is meant to achieve the following goals while increasing the profitability of our businesses:

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Glossary of Sustainability Terms and Definitions

IAPD has developed a glossary of terms and definitions to help IAPD member companies adhere to and comprehend IAPD’s best bractices for conservation and the environment.

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IAPD’s Environmental Position

IAPD encourages member companies to embrace and commit to the vision for the industry and incorporate — or continue to incorporate — environmentally friendly business practices and philosophies.

Our plastics association and its members are proud to operate in a broad and diverse marketplace. In so doing, our and all businesses create an environmental footprint. We believe plastics offer unique opportunities to reduce, reuse and recycle, thereby minimizing our environmental impact. We are committed to fully developing these benefits for the good of the environment, for the health of our people, and for the growth of our industry.

We commit to:

  • Training the channel and educating the public on the specific environmental benefits of plastics.
  • Demonstrating environmental stewardship, both as individuals and businesses.
  • Conducting recycling programs that will include the entire channel.
  • Utilizing the safest and most proper disposal methods when the useful life of our products expires.
  • Promoting research to develop new products and applications that offer positive environmental impacts.

The guiding principles of our sustainability commitment are Conservation, Waste Minimization, Preservation, Cooperation and Education. In this spirit, with our fullest efforts and without undue stress on the environment, all members of our association, our companies, and the communities we call home will prosper.