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플라스틱 쓰레기 대처에 참여

With its broad portfolio and strong capabilities in research and development, BASF offers high-value products and solutions for various applications and constantly works on increasing the sustainability of its products. For example, our plastic materials are used in health, automotive, construction and consumer industries contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions through light-weighting (i.e., less fuel consumption) and insulation (i.e., less heating) or extended life of packed goods (i.e., less food waste). Examples include high-performance fossil, bio-based, biomass-balanced and certified compostable products helping to address diverse societal needs and sustainability goals.

Plastics is an important material class providing many benefits for our society and should be part of the future if we want to reduce our climate footprint. For many applications, plastics help to increase efficiency by saving resources in production and use phases. Over the life of a product, plastics used in buildings, vehicles, packaging or electrical appliances save far more resources than were needed to produce them in the first place.

Plastics are easy to process which is one of the secrets of their success. Even complicated integrated components can be manufactured in only a few steps. At the same time, they offer an enormous variety of unique properties in the different applications. At the end of their lifetime, there can and should be recycled – mechanically, chemically or organically. When the entire product lifecycle is considered, plastics are usually the best option – both economically and environmentally.

BASF is working on innovative technologies that promote the recycling of plastics. This includes also research and development on new materials and compositions that facilitate recycling processes as well as processes to create value out of plastic waste. Within BASF's ChemCyclingTM project, chemically recycled plastic waste is used as feedstock for production. By using plastic waste as a resource, BASF wants to make a significant contribution in reducing the amount of plastic waste. Chemical recycling provides an innovative way to reutilize plastic waste that is not currently recycled, such as mixed or uncleaned plastics. In this way, BASF wants to create value for the environment, society and the economy. 

It is unacceptable that plastic waste is discarded in the environment and we are concerned about related environmental and social impacts. A well-functioning waste management infrastructure and consumer awareness are key to tackle litter. At BASF, we engage on several levels in company-specific as well as cross-industry initiatives to prevent and reduce the accumulation of plastic waste in the environment – be it research and innovation in new materials, business models and processes, housekeeping processes or the development of better waste infrastructure.



  • BASF is a co-founder of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), an organization that has been launched in 2019 with the mission to develop, accelerate and deploy solutions, engage communities and catalyze capital to end plastic waste in the environment. AEPW is currently made up of more than 50 companies that have committed more than $1 billion, with the goal of investing $1.5 billion over the next 5 years to help end plastic waste in the environment.
  • BASF joined the World Plastics Council (WPC) in 2018, a global organization of leading companies in the plastics industry. The WPC promotes industry topics of global relevance, like the responsible use of plastics, efficient waste management and solutions to marine littering (for details see news release). 
  • BASF is member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an organization to accelerate the transformation to a circular economy. BASF is taking part in the New Plastics Economy Initiative. 
  • BASF actively implements measures against plastic pellet loss at its pellet-handling sites globally and supports Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS), an international program that strives to prevent plastic pellet, flake and powder loss in the environment through the entire pellet-handling value chain. 

Learn more about BASF's engagement


플라스틱 펠릿 분실 방지

바다에 떠다니는 플라스틱 병, 바다 한가운데에 있는 가방과 어망, 길거리에 아무렇게나 버려진 플라스틱 제품 – 거의 모든 사람들이 이런 사진을 본 적이 있습니다. 그러나 플라스틱 생산에서 나온 펠릿도 환경으로 유입됩니다.  펠릿 분실 방지의 이니셔티브 파트너로서 BASF는 이를 예방하는데 기여합니다.

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플라스틱 쓰레기 제거 연합

전세계 30여개의 기업들은  ‘플라스틱 쓰레기 제거 연합(AEPW, Alliance to End Plastic Waste)‘을 결성했습니다. 10억 달러(한화 약 1조 1천억 원) 이상 규모의 투자 조성을 시작으로 향후 5년간 15억 달러(한화 약 1조 6천억 원) 투자를 목표로 하며, 플라스틱 쓰레기 최소화를 위한 새로운 솔루션 개발에 노력합니다.

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