• Sustainability

      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.
    • Industry News

      SPONSORED POST: Purging Compounds, Redefining Thermoplastics Efficiency

      The thermoplastics industry requires precision, efficiency, and consistency. At Chem-Trend, we serve the thermoplastics sector by developing purging compounds and mold maintenance products and support customers in different thermoplastics processes, like injection molding, extrusion, and rotational molding.
    • Advocacy

      PLASTICS Research Working Group: Finding Meaning in the Literature

      Earlier this year, I proposed to form an internal working group at PLASTICS to review a wide variety of literature on plastics research and create a catalog of objective and positive plastics research in response to the onslaught of biased criticisms against a material that has made tremendous positive contributions to society.
    • Future Leaders

      Glad She Signed Up for Plastics

      It seems that plastic is always on Mollie Hoffman’s mind, in one way or another. “At my last job, we primarily made drink cups,” she recalled. “So, whenever we would go out, we’d always check to see if the restaurant was using our cups! It’s become a habit now to analyze the plastic packaging I’m buying to determine how it was made and what company made it.”
    • Sustainability

      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.
    • Sustainability

      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.