Premium automaker aims to tackle plastic pollution on a local level with latest sustainability project, in line with the BMW Group’s 2030 goal to reduce carbon emissions by 20% (from 2019 levels) in the global supply chain.
Kuala Lumpur, 19th April 2021 – BMW Group Malaysia announces year-long multi-stakeholder upcycling initiative that will incorporate the use of Precious Plastics machines to give plastic waste obtained from all BMW Group Malaysia activities a second life.
The BMW Group has great ambitions to lower carbon emissions from all the production plants and sites by 80%, targeting the biggest reductions industry-wide in this area by 2030. This will require years of research, innovation, and collaborative expertise on a global scale – which BMW Group Malaysia is proud to be a part of.
However, on an individual level, there are also many impactful methods to help tackle climate change in Malaysia, starting with the most commonly over-looked issue that is seen in our everyday lives – plastic pollution.
“To exemplify the BMW Group’s solutions-focused direction, we must lead a movement by example – no matter the size of impact left. Here at BMW Group Malaysia, we are putting words into action by installing our own Precious Plastics machines to give our office, household, and daily plastic waste a second, more meaningful life,” said Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications at BMW Group Malaysia.
The local body of a global movement – Precious Plastics Malaysia, is an organisation that focuses on converting and upcycling plastic waste into useable everyday items as a means to fight plastic pollution. By breaking down used common plastics into chips, they can be melted down and moulded into something new – thus, creating treasure from trash.
The support of BMW Group Malaysia’s employees, dealers, customers, and media friends in recycling their plastic waste can lend to a lasting impact on reducing plastic pollution – one step at a time.
How to Identify Plastics.
There are many types of plastics used from day to day, with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP) being the most common. They can be easily identified by the number label that is typically available along the sides or the bottom of the item.
Plastics labelled 2 (HDPE) and 5 (PP) are most commonly used and recycled in Malaysia, followed by 1 (PET). With the Precious Plastics machines, plastics labelled 2 and 5 can also be impressively upcycled into everyday items.
This recycling initiative is the beginning of a year-long plastic upcycling project that will aim to significantly reduce the disposal of plastic waste from across all BMW Group Malaysia activities and divert them from landfills. Internal education and training on plastic upcycling will also run concurrently, where BMW employees will receive hands-on training to create precious items out of plastic waste for upcoming community projects.