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 […]

A lot of US plastic isn’t actually being recycled since China put up its Green Fence

A lot of US plastic isn’t actually being recycled since China put up its Green Fence

By Gwynn Guilford For many environmentally conscious Americans, there’s a deep satisfaction to chucking anything and everything plasticky into the recycling bin—from shampoo bottles to butter tubs—the types of plastics in the plastic categories #3 through #7. Little do they know that, even if their local trash collector says it recycles that waste, they might […]

Plastics Recycling-Where Did We Go Wrong Mentally?

  Ok before the recycling folks and their allies come Para Trooping into my office and try to seize my computer, I need to get out right away that recycling IS good and should be pursued to every extent possible.  This rant is about how best to accomplish this without essentially putting our heads in […]

US states banned from exporting their trash to China are drowning in plastic

US states banned from exporting their trash to China are drowning in plastic

Article by Gwynn Guilford Being green is getting a lot harder for eco-friendly states in the US, thanks to the country’s dependency on overrun Chinese recycling facilities. Recycling centers in Oregon recently stopped accepting clear plastic “clamshell” containers used for berries, plastic hospital gowns and plastic bags, as the Ashland Daily Tidings reports. Yogurt and […]