Sustainability

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      Insight and Perspective Shared at PLASTICS Packaging Summit

      PLASTICS recently hosted the first annual PLASTICS Packaging Summit, featuring more than 30 expert speakers and attended by hundreds of professionals throughout the manufacturing sector who have a vested interest in the future of plastics as a key material for a broad range of packaging solutions.
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      In Case You Missed It: Bioplastics Week 2021 Recap

      The seventh-annual Bioplastics Week has concluded, and thanks to all of our participants, it went off without a hitch! The purpose of this social media campaign is to create visibility for bioplastics—what they are, where they come from, what they can be made into, how they can be disposed of, and all of the benefits of using these alternative materials.
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      Guest Blogger: Kyla Fisher, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

      As a judge for the Re|focus Sustainability Awards, seeing how businesses are rising to the challenge to ensure we can still retain the value of plastics while working to reduce their negative externalities is a reminder why innovation is a key strategy towards a sustainable solution.
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      Wish-Cycling? Recyclers Wish You Wouldn’t.

      “Wish-cycling” describes when a well-intentioned person puts an item that “seems recyclable”, into the recycling bin—with the hope or wish that it will be recycled—when they really have no idea whether or not their local recycler accepts such items. It’s a “feel good” sustainability gesture that often ends up defeating the purpose of recycling. According to Waste Management, about 25% of all goods sent to U.S. recycling facilities in 2018 ended up in a landfill due to contamination from non-recyclable materials in the recycling bin.
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      Learn About PLASTICS’ Zero Net Waste Program

      PLASTICS’ Zero Net Waste Recognition Program (ZNW) greatly enhances the public reputation of participant companies and has been proven to help companies reduce their waste to landfill by 90%, engage employees in environmental efforts, avoid landfill costs, and generate revenue through recycling. The program offers three recognition levels to companies that have demonstrated leadership in landfill diversion, waste reduction, and most importantly, a commitment to ensuring valuable resources go to their highest and best use.
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      Guest Blog: What Would Life Be Like Without Plastic?

      COMITATVS, a company trading in recycled and biosustainable plastics, "underlines" just how important plastics are to our daily lives.
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      A Conversation on Sustainability with Experts in the Field

      Three outstanding plastics professionals, members of the PLASTICS panel Integrating Sustainability into Daily Operations: Why It Matters and How It Works—part of the PLASTICS 2021 Spring Meeting—joined us for a pre-panel chat about their sustainability achievements.
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      “Feel-Good” Solutions to Plastic Waste Need to be Practical Too

      On Earth Day, environmental issues are at the forefront of our minds. But it’s important to know the difference between initiatives that create real change and those that create unintended consequences for the environment. Such “feel good” solutions can end up causing more and bigger problems.
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      Battle of the Bottles: Plastic Beats Glass and Aluminum

      An estimated 651,800 Americans work in plastic bottles, laminated plastics plate, and sheet manufacturing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A plastic bottle ban would put all those jobs in jeopardy. Producing more glass and aluminum would also raise greenhouse gasses and global warming.