PLASTICS Announces Adoption of First-Ever Sustainability Statement

via Waste 360

The association hopes to inspire a commitment to sustainable practices throughout the industry

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced that it has adopted its first Sustainability Statement, outlining the association’s commitment to sustainable principles. Through such a statement, PLASTICS hopes to encourage similar associations and companies across the plastics industry to make a similar commitment to sustainability.

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Plastic found in mussels from Arctic to China – enters human food

via Reuters

Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people’s dinner plates.

Read the full story here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-environment-mussels/plastic-found-in-mussels-from-arctic-to-china-enters-human-food-idUSKBN1EE194

 

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Less plastic waste in the future

via Open Access Government

Can plastics be removed from the environment and be biologically degraded? Chemical engineers at TU Wien (Vienna) are working on it

Scientists at the Institute for Chemical, Environmental and Biological Engineering (ICEBE) at TU Wien (Vienna) are trying to replace exploitation of the environment, by using ecologically balanced approaches. “There is no contradiction between technology and nature – quite the contrary”, says Anton Friedl, the director of the institute. “Nature can teach us about new technological approaches, and new technologies will benefit the environment. It is a process we call ‘imagineering nature”, he adds.

Read the full story here: https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/less-plastic-waste-future/40540/

 

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Extruder makers hopeful for strong 2018

via Plastics News

End market diversity is the blessing for manufacturers of extruders.

Extruders are used to make pipe and siding in the construction market, sheet and blown film in packaging and tubing for medical. Not to mention custom extrusion for everything from aerospace to writing instruments.

One slow market segment can be offset by another hot one, machinery officials said.

In construction, single-family housing starts were up 8 percent year to date through October, from the same period a year ago, on pace to hit an annual rate of 877,000 in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Starts are beginning to get a boost from reconstruction activity from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Read the full story here: http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20171205/NEWS/171209960/extruder-makers-hopeful-for-strong-2018

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