Young Plastics Professionals Take Earth Day Action on the Environment

April 21, 2022

Washington, D.C.—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), as part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, has announced the formation of a Community Impact Task Group by its Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee. FLiP is dedicated to fostering association involvement and professional development among plastics professionals under the age of 40.

The mission of the Community Impact Task Group is to foster collaboration among PLASTICS member companies and external organizations to further plastics industry efforts on behalf of the environment and the communities in which the industry operates. 

“In observation of Earth Day 2022, our FLiP members are excited to announce this new project that supports Earth Day’s purpose of preserving our planet,” said Jon Smalling, FliP Chair and Director of Sales, Automation, at Nalle Automation Systems. “Those of us in the plastics industry are committed to programs that help protect the world we live in. This cause is very important to our group as it provides the opportunity to give back to local communities and do our part to remove litter and mismanaged trash from our environment.” 

The Community Impact Task Group is chaired by Madeline Kline, Regional Manager of East Coast Sales for Gardner Business Media. Kline’s staff liaison at PLASTICS is Heather Nortz, Manager of Sustainability & Materials for the association.

The task group’s first project will be a litter cleanup taking place during the PLASTICS Fall Meeting and National Conference, which is being held in Asheville, North Carolina, from September 20-23, 2022. Anyone attending the event will be invited to participate.

The FLiP cleanup has also been planned in proximity to World Cleanup Day (September 17) to help call attention to other cleanup efforts worldwide and further opportunities for environmental awareness and education.

About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $395 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy and the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit

About Future Leaders in Plastics

PLASTICS and the Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee are devoted to supporting and encouraging the next generation of plastics leaders who will play a crucial role in the innovation, technology and future of the plastics industry. FLiP’s mission is to provide young professionals under the age of 40 the exposure, education and resources they need to build lifelong careers in plastics. Want to join? Want to get your employees involved? Email: [email protected]