Think about all the plastic products you use in one day. You wake up and brush your teeth: that toothbrush and toothpaste tube are made from plastic. You run some errands: the car you are driving has tons of plastic components. You prepare dinner: the leftovers are stored in plastic packaging designed to ensure freshness and reduce food waste. Plastics are all around us.

Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS) Digital Communications Specialist, Stacey Axler, didn’t realize how many products were made from plastic until she joined the team 18 months ago.

“When you stop to think about it, so much of what you touch every day is made of plastic. There’s a reason for that. It’s an incredibly useful, versatile material,” Stacey said.

Stacey joined PLASTICS Advocacy and Voice team in April of 2019, coming from a background in marketing for a real estate management company. Stacey was well familiar with community outreach and engagement and knew the social and digital media landscape but she needed to learn the ins and outs of the plastics industry. The PLASTICS team and industry professionals provided all the resources needed.

“The entire PLASTICS team was incredibly helpful in introducing me to the industry and answering any and all questions I had. I felt lucky to be working with such passionate, knowledgeable people. All of the people I have met in the industry have such a passion for what they do and what they are trying to achieve within their companies.”

Through events like the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, Stacey continued to see innovative and passionate plastics industry leaders and understand the work they accomplish. Last year, Stacey traveled to Dayton, Ohio to visit PLASTICS member Minco Group to tour their facility for Manufacturing Day. There, she saw the opportunities of the plastics industry first-hand.

“I toured Minco Group with a group from a local high school. Several attendees were going to play their Homecoming football game later that night. They really enjoyed a first-hand look at the machinery and seeing how products like blenders are made and transported. It was a great day to see the impact of the industry in real-time.”

Stacey is also active in PLASTICS’ Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee, serving as the PLASTICS FLiP Liaison. Stacey enjoys meeting other industry professionals and seeing what these future leaders are accomplishing within their companies. 

“The plastics industry is full of hardworking people, many of whom are embracing innovations and finding sustainability solutions. It’s a privilege to work with so many passionate people- all of whom are trying to make a difference.”


The FLiP Files is a blog series spotlighting young professionals who are active in PLASTICS' Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a group for plastics professionals under the age of 40. For this FLiP File, we spoke with Stacey Axler, Digital Communications Specialist at the Plastics Industry Association, about her experience working in the plastics industry.