How Plastic Affects the Environment

Plastic injection molding is one of the most efficient means of precise, mass production of plastic products. There’s a negative attitude towards plastic in general due to environmental awareness that’s been adopted significantly over the past recent years. The process itself produces little to no waste since most of the material used can be reused or recycled. 

People should still care about plastic and how they dispose of it, there’s no argument about it, but the environmental impact of plastic injection molding is not as significant as some people would argue. 

We wanted to better understand how the production itself affects the environment, and what can be done to improve on it, so we turned to Wunder Mold to walk us through the process.

Low Amount of Waste

Production waste is something every company should approach with care and respect. Before you start mass production you should always know exactly how much waste is going to come out, and how to dispose of it.

Luckily, Plastic Mold Injection is low on waste, because of how precise and delicate it is. Only the exact amount of plastic is used for the final product with little to no excess material. After the machine has finished a certain number of cycles comes regular maintenance. There are always some leftovers in the air vents and channels that can be re-grounded, melted, and reused.

There’s also the material used for the mold tool itself, but that’s insignificant when you think about how many parts it can produce with little to no waste.

Plastic is much cheaper and less complicated for production, compared to natural materials that can require more complex parts that all need to be made separately which, in turn, increases the time of production. 

When you put all that on paper, with very small amounts of waste, plastic injection molding turns out to be a more affordable option for mass production with high regard to the environment.

Recycling Options

Thermoplastic can be reused almost infinitely. Products made of plastic have a life span that more often than not outlasts the initial purpose of the item. 

Instead of throwing these away to decompose and endanger the environment for the next couple of hundred years, you can recycle them. 

New items can be made using recycled materials. This is the best solution that has very little effect on the environment.

Years of Service

Plastic is dangerous to the environment if not used correctly and left to pile somewhere in a landfill. The biggest benefits plastic has over natural materials are durability and reusability. Natural materials like wood or metal decompose faster and can’t be recycled 100% like products made of plastic.

Cleaning plastic surfaces is much easier making them the norm in industries that require maintenance and disinfection. Plastic is also light, durable and flexible which makes it ideal for the toy industry.

Probably the biggest advantage of plastic mold injection is that it is generally used to make things that surpass a single-use. Chairs or storage boxes are made with durability in mind and years of service, and even when they are worn and become useless they can be recycled and repurposed into something similar that’s going to provide a long period of service. 

When you take into account low waste, there’s really no valid argument left to ditch plastic mold injection. Sure, plastic poses threat to the environment if not handled properly, but that’s something we as species need to consider and be more responsible for. It is to everyone’s benefit to opt for a faster and cheaper production method but only with respect to the environment.