• Sustainability

      Winners of the Second Annual Re|focus Sustainability Awards Announced

      In February 2020, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced the winners of the second annual Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards.
    • Edmond Irizarry


      What are the latest trends in post-consumer recycled products?

      Aveda was the first beauty company to use 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET, and today more than 85% of their packaging portfolio contains 100% PCR. To make this vision a reality, they adjusted the aesthetics of their packaging and successfully communicated those changes to their customers. Aveda has proven that using PCR does not mean compromising your brand or your customer's expectations. Join Edmond Irizarry, executive director of packaging development at Aveda, and hear their inspirational story at this year's Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit. See for yourself the new heights that can be achieved in sustainability when companies dare to think outside the box.
    • Sustainability

      PLASTICS Marine Debris Statement

      The health of our oceans and waterways is critically important to the well-being of the global community. The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) believes uncollected plastics do not belong in the marine environment.
    • Sustainability

      #BetterWorldOnEarthDay Twitter Chat

    • Sustainability

      Where to Use Recycled Plastics

      Over-specification and other issues have held back the use of recycled content in a number of products, manufactured by a number of different companies. Kevin Cronin, vice president of sustainability and R&D with Ultra-Poly, offers his thoughts on what consumer products aren’t made with recycled plastic, but maybe should be.
    • Sustainability

      The Quest to Increase Use of Recycled Plastics

      This is the first in a two-part blog series on over-specification in plastic product design and manufacturing. It’s part of what’s holding back the use of recycled content, and something Re|focus presenter Kevin Cronin, vice president of sustainability and R&D with Ultra-Poly, is working to change.
    • Sustainability

      PLASTICS Celebrates Earth Day 2017, Highlights Sustainability Accomplishments

      The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is celebrating Earth Day 2017 by highlighting and applauding industry-wide achievements geared toward promoting and increasing sustainability. PLASTICS’ sustainability efforts, led by our Vice President of Sustainability Kim Holmes, are tangible initiatives that PLASTICS’ members can use to both implement programs and achieve bottom-line business goals.
    • Sustainability

      Pursuing Zero Net Waste at the PLASTICS DC Offices

      Paper. Coffee cups. Snack wrappers. To-go containers. Lunches. Cardboard boxes. More paper. A lot gets thrown away at offices around the country.
    • Sustainability

      New Research: Flexible Film Packaging Can be Recycled

      Flexible plastic packaging- resealable bags, pouches and other items- is becoming increasingly popular. This type of packaging protects more products and often does so with a lower environmental footprint than other packaging options. However, these materials have raised questions in materials recovery facilities (MRFs) about how they can be recycled after the end of their useful life.