Plastics: In One Word

In celebration of NPE2018 and more than 50 years of The Graduate, we are calling on all plastics professionals to help us define the future of plastics: in one word. Let us hear you at ptonline.com/network or share to #PlasticsOneWord


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Recently, we announced the PT Problem Solvers contest. The contest asks plastics professionals to join us in facing, sharing and solving plastics industry problems by submitting photos or videos (check out the original post). The contest is also a really good way to celebrate this year’s premier problem-solving event, NPE2018, and a good excuse for us to giveaway some cool Plastics Technology gear.

One thing omitted from the original post is that we, too, have problems. There’s one problem, in particular, that we’d like to solve.

The problem? If you have worked in the plastics industry or attended a plastics event, you have undoubtedly been introduced to a quote or quotes from the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, The Graduate. If you’re not caught up, here’s a video to help. Last year, the film (and the quote or quotes) celebrated its 50th year. Honestly, it felt like it came and went without enough fanfare. 

How you can help? The Graduate, so succinctly surmises the future in one word (plastics) and we don’t feel enough has been done to equally define the plastics industry, in one word. So, in celebration of NPE2018 and 50 years of The Graduate, we’re asking you: describe the plastics industry in one word.

You can share your one word submission in any of the following ways:

We’d love to hear from you. At the conclusion of NPE, we will do some word analysis and report how the plastics industry defines plastics: in one word.

For now, we’d like to leave you with you one word – Register! If you haven’t made plans to attend NPE2018, you can register today at npe.org

If you can’t make it to NPE2018, be sure to start or renew your free subscription to Plastics Technology to stay connected!


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