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Distinguish Your Company for Its Innovative Work—Enter Now for the 2021 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is proud to announce the opening of the 2021 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to recognize outstanding innovations in plastics manufacturing that further environmental advantages in design, material, and end-of-life management. Congratulations to Accredo Packaging, Vartega, and Eastman for winning the categories of Materials, Design, and End-Of-Life Innovations, and to PureCycle Technologies, winner of the 2020 Leadership in Innovation Award. 

Recycled Materials

Eastman Partners with Compounder Gruppo Maip to Formulate Biobased and Molecular Recycled Content Plastics for Automotive Interiors

Eastman’s Tritan Renew copolyester and Treva Renew engineering bioplastic to play key role in new Eastman-Gruppo Maip partnership.

Recycling

Avient Opens New CycleWorks Facility to Advance Recycling

Avient expects to introduce solutions throughout 2021 as new data is generated.

Packaging

Top Packaging Innovation Award Goes to Henkel in Collaboration with Plastic Bank

The strong focus on sustainability and the circular economy evident in Dow’s 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards

Recycling

AmSty and Agilyx Announce Certified Circular Recycling Pathway for Polystyrene

The two companies have been working to achieve this important milestone for polystyrene in support of a societal shift from linear to circular solutions for managing waste plastic. 

Additive Manufacturing

Covestro Introduces New Products Made from Recycled Plastics at Formnext Connect

These products seek to contribute to help the 3D printing industry to become more circular. 

Recycled Materials

Dow Launches its First Recycled Resin for Shrink Film Applications

The recycled plastic resin is designed specifically for retail and logistic shrink film applications.

Additives

Have You Considered the Sustainability Benefits of Liquid Color?

Add less pigment to the solid-waste or recycling streams, save energy, and reduce waste to landfill, among other advantages.

Consumer Products

Materials: Home-Compostable Biopolymer Alternative to Single-Use Plastics

Celanese’s new BlueRidge cellulosic for extrusion and injection molding aimed at hard-to-recycle single-use plastics.

Recycling

HP Expands Ocean Plastics Program

New washing line in Haiti helps reduce ocean-bound plastic. 

Post-Consumer Recycling

Merging Sustainability and Innovation at Sealed Air

Ron Cotterman, vice president of innovation and sustainability at Sealed Air, talks about the company’s recent investment in Plastic Energy, an advanced recycling company.

MES Platform Adds Energy Monitoring Module

Wittmann Battenfeld’s TEMI+ manufacturing execution system (MES) software has added the IMAGOxt software module to track energy consumption and more on a plant floor.

Multi-Screw Compounding

Time Still to Register For PT Tech Days

It’s free. It’s online. It’s scheduled every Thursday through December. And you can register now to hear technology experts address a wide range of topics in plastics processing.  

Post-Consumer Recycling

Digital Watermarking Consortium Advances Technology for Sorting & Recycling Plastics

Europe’s Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 gains new members and advances to Phase II pilot projects.

Post-Consumer Recycling

Re|focus Webinar Episode 5: New Solutions for Untapped Feedstocks

As the industry seeks to advance the circularity of its products, the limitations of mechanical recycling are becoming increasingly clear. While some products are perfectly suited for mechanical recycling, others are not. Register today for the fifth episode in the Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit Webinar Series on October 18 and explore how advanced recycling technologies are building new pathways to ensure all plastics can be managed as valuable resources for manufacturing.

Injection Molding

Low-Pressure Injection Process Facilitates ‘Green Molding’

Besides speed and quality advantages, the low-pressure iMFLUX process is said to enhance sustainability—easing use of recycled and biobased materials, saving energy, reducing scrap, and adding lightweighting potential. See what molders say about these “green” benefits.

Post-Consumer Recycling

Dow Launches New Project to Reduce Plastic Waste in Nigeria

Adwoa Coleman, Dow’s Africa sustainability and advocacy manager for packaging and specialty plastics, talks about the importance of this recycling project. 

Re|focus Webinar Episode 4: Telling Our Sustainability Stories

Today, more than ever, constructing a persuasive narrative is essential to reaching our audiences. While the plastics industry has traditionally relied on science-based facts to tell our sustainability story, it is becoming increasingly clear those facts must be couched in a compelling story to maximize impact. Register today for the fourth episode in this six-part webinar series—Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit on September 15—to hear how you can shape an impactful narrative to better tell your sustainability story.

Consumer Products

Performance Polypropylene: New Grades Tackle 'Engineering' Applications & Sustainability

New versions of this ultra-versatile material compete with more expensive ‘engineering’ resins and enhanced sustainability in applications from automotive and E&E to packaging, consumer goods and building construction.

Consumer Products

Genomatica Survey Shows Sustainability is Embraced by Americans Despite COVID-19

According to Genomatica’s survey, sustainability will have staying power even amid health and economic turmoil.

Post-Industrial Recycling

Nova Chemicals Talks Recycled Plastics, Sustainability Strategy

In this Q&A, Monika Kleczek, circular economy market development manager, Nova Chemicals Polyethylene Business, talks about the company’s efforts to expand a market for recycled plastics. 

Biopolymers

Re|focus Episode #3: Industry Collaboration in Bioplastics

As brands are making commitments toward more sustainable material choices, bioplastics are often looked at as a solution. Register today for the third episode in six-part webinar series—Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit on August 17—and discover strategies to use this material. In addition to an overview of what bioplastics are and tackling some common misconceptions, this episode will explore how the plastics industry is collaborating and innovating to provide new sustainable options.

Injection Molding

Packaging: New System Produces Wide Variety of ‘Tethered’ Bottle Caps.

A wide variety of tethered caps, designed to meet EU regulations for 2024, can be produced on a new compact, high-speed line from SACMI.

Post-Consumer Recycling

PLASTICS Announces Winners of the 2020 Re|focus Leadership and People’s Choice Awards

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced PureCycle Technologies as the winner of the Leadership in Innovation Award and Accredo Packaging as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 2020 Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards.