Sweden recycles 99% of Waste?

Sweden recycles 99% of Waste?

Today I ran across an article claiming that Sweden now recycles 99% of all it’s waste. Interested to learn how the Swede’s had figured out the recycling conundrum the rest of the world faces, I delved into the article. To my dismay, this was clever redirecting and marketing. Somehow it is now considered recycling to […]

Rethink Recycling

Rethink Recycling

It never fails that at least once a week I see articles and reports regarding problems with our recycling system. Across the world we constantly see recyclers going out of business, china refusing to import recycled materials, governments and companies having to constantly funnel more money into recycling programs and an incredible media push to […]

Plastics News: Auditor recommends changes to California container recycling program

Plastics News: Auditor recommends changes to California container recycling program

By Jim Johnson Senior Staff Reporter Published: November 12, 2014 5:02 pm ET Updated: November 12, 2014 5:14 pm ET California’s beverage container recycling program, at nearly 30 years old, is broken. With cost overruns of $100 million in three of the last four years, one key problem is paying out refunds for beverage containers […]

Fungus Discovered in Rainforest Capable Of Eating Plastic Pollution

Fungus Discovered in Rainforest Capable Of Eating Plastic Pollution

One of the biggest problems facing the earth, plastic pollution, could soon meet its match if students at Yale University are able to breed a recently discovered plastic-eating fungus on a large scale. Plastic pollution, exemplified by the giant floating island of trash the size of Texas in the Pacific ocean, is highly detrimental to […]

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 […]