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    • Sustainability

      How The USDA’s BioPreferred Program Is Helping Bioplastics Expand

      Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred Program has focused on accelerating the development and expansion of markets for biobased products, including bioplastics. As part of SPI’s inaugural Bioplastics Week, we recently sat down with Kate Lewis, deputy program manager at USDA to learn more.
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      Sustainability in the Olympics: Striving to Set a Gold Standard

      Every four years, millions around the world turn their attention to the Olympic Games and watch athletes bike, flip, swim and run to represent their respective countries in the global competition.
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      Is Your Product Industrially Compostable?

      Companies today are focused on creating products that are sustainable, meaning they are made with materials that minimize the impact on our environment. You may have some familiarity with biodegradable products, which are one solution to companies’ need to create environmentally-conscious products.
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      Summer Excursion: Members Tour EREMA, UMass Lowell and Learn About Recycling and Plastics Engineering

      The plastics industry continues to find innovative ways to create products that are environmentally friendly without compromising the needs of consumers. In a world where recycling is a learned-behavior, along the way there has been urban legend that foam cups – popular in many an office and college party – are not recyclable.
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      SPI Participates in Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s Study on the Availability of Recycling Programs Nationwide

      SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association is one of several organizations which funded a newly-released study organized by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), 2015-16 Centralized Study on Availability of Recycling. The report examines the prevalence of consumer recycling programs across the United States and the roughly 50 types of packaging in those programs.
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      Keeping America Beautiful with #SPIEarthDay

      Each Earth Day, we celebrate preserving our planet and put in some extra effort to clean up our communities. Now more than ever, those within the plastics industry understand the commitment to sustainable practices and programs that will help to protect the world we live in for generations to come.
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      Seven Ways You Can Make a Difference on Earth Day

      The plastics industry’s best asset is its people; always has been, always will be. The nearly one million plastics professionals in the U.S. aren’t just the fuel of a $427 billion industry.
    • Sustainability

      Bioplastics 101

      Bioplastics are found in our daily lives, and people don’t know it. They drink from biobased plastic bottles or drive in cars with seats and tubing that come from biobased sources. They go to parties and eat with compostable plates and forks. At the hospital, bioplastics are found in sutures and implants.
    • Sustainability

      Less is Less – The Battle to Wrap It Up in Plastic

      When it comes to packaging – plastic is the environmental material of choice. Plastic products are environmentally-friendly, and manufacturers who produce these versatile products take pride in their efforts to implement sensible green policies and procedures.