If you’re business isn’t thinking GREEN it will soon be!

If you’re business isn’t thinking GREEN it will soon be!

Are you thinking green? Worried that it will “hurt” your bottom line? If you’re in the plastics business you might want to think about putting the idea in your business model. Attached is an interesting reprint of a talk that you should read… and start thinking about how your business might PROFIT from “Going GREEN.” […]

Microbes eating plastics in on our oceans may have a big impact

Microbes eating plastics in on our oceans may have a big impact

Microscopic creatures that live on tiny ocean plastics greatly affect the fate and ecological impacts of marine plastic pollution, according to researchers from The University of Western Australia. PhD candidate Julia Reisser and colleagues have published an article in the international journal PLOS One that contributed many new records of microbes and invertebrates living on […]

It’s time for U.S. employers to go green

It’s time for U.S. employers to go green

By Margaret Badore A survey released yesterday shows that many Americans want their workplaces to be more environmentally sustainable, and employers should take note. The survey was commissioned by Ricoh Americas and conducted by Harris Polls. The survey of 948 employees, people defined as having part-time and full-time work, aimed to measure how much people […]

Are plastics the most sustainable packaging choice?

Are plastics the most sustainable packaging choice?

Six major categories of plastic packaging significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging made with alternative materials, according to a new study. Read the full study here. Compiled by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, and using 2010 as a baseline year, the data […]

FTC Finds Company’s “Recyclability” Claims Misleading

FTC Finds Company’s “Recyclability” Claims Misleading

Company’s Green Claims for Plastic Lumber Misleading FTC Order Requires Firm to Have Distributors Take Down Ads With Unsupported Claims A Wisconsin-based manufacturer of plastic lumber products has agreed to stop making allegedly unsubstantiated claims about the recycled content and recyclability of two of its brands of plastic lumber. Under the FTC settlement, the company, […]

The truth about reusable shopping bags

The truth about reusable shopping bags

Some bags are only beneficial after more than 100 uses By Quentin Fottrell Los Angeles is the latest American city to ban the use of single-use plastic grocery bags, but experts say their most common replacements—paper and reusable bags—come with environmental and financial costs of their own. Indeed, some reusable bags need to be used […]

East Mesa firm’s new product biodegrades synthetic rubber

East Mesa firm’s new product biodegrades synthetic rubber

By Maria Polletta The Republic | azcentral.com Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:08 AM East Mesa company ENSO Plastics has developed a treatment for synthetic-rubber products that will enable quicker decomposition in landfills. ENSO RESTORE RL, being pioneered by a handful of manufacturers, launched this summer after a roughly two-year research-and-development process. ENSO, which primarily focuses […]

China recycling cleanup jolts global industry

Business Week By Joe Mc Donald October 03, 2013 BEIJING (AP) — China for years has welcomed the world’s trash, creating a roaring business in recycling and livelihoods for tens of thousands. Now authorities are clamping down on an industry that has helped the rich West dispose of its waste but also added to the […]

Pack Expo’s Trashiest Girl Speaks Out!

Pack Expo’s Trashiest Girl Speaks Out!

Houston, we might be the  problem!  Pack Expo – Las Vegas, my first major event within the “plastic industry” and it was a very eye-opening experience for me. I went to this convention in a dress that was made completely out of plastic “trash.” I was very nervous to be in public dressed in what […]