Sustainability refers to our ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (15,16) In the context of our daily lives, it may be thought of as the intersection of social, environmental and economic responsibility.

The plastic pipe industry continues to evolve by building avenues for recycling along the entire value chain, reducing its carbon footprint, and continually improving its life-cycle cost position relative to other pipeline construction materials. PPI and its member companies are committed to progress in each of these key areas. It is core to our business. As such, the specification and installation of plastic pipe represents a responsible investment in a sustainable pipeline infrastructure or, on a more personal level, a socially, environmentally and economically responsible investment for generations to come.

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