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Integrated TPV System Solutions Aid in Development of More Sustainable Automotive Weatherseals

ExxonMobil’s new Santoprene integrated TPV system solutions can potentially extend performance and recyclability while optimizing cost of GRC weatherseals.  

Recycled Materials

Cosmetics Packaging Made with Eastman Cristal Renew

Axilone is producing luxury packaging with 50% certified recycled content in the U.S., Europe and China.

Recycling

Borealis and Tomra Open Mechanical Recycling Demo Plant

The new plant will produce ready-for-market fully formulated polymer pellets. 

Will You Be Ready for the Next Disruption?

Lessons learned from ongoing coronavirus pandemic should help business navigate through the next disruption.

Recycling

Carbios Produces First Clear Plastic Bottles from Recycled Textile Waste

Carbios’ process, using highly specific enzymes, allows textile waste to be recovered and converted into a high quality grade of PET that is suitable for bottles.  

Additives

Struktol Achieves a Silver Sustainability Rating with EcoVadis

Struktol has also released its 2019 CSR report Our Sustainability PULSE, now available on its website.

Recycled Materials

Nova Chemicals, Revolution Partner on PCR Use in Plastic Packaging

The PCR will be available as soon as next month to help converters and brand owners achieve their sustainability goals.

Recycling

STF Group Installs Recycling Line Virtually at a Plant in Haiti

In the wake of Covid-19 travel restrictions, STF Group pulls off first ever virtual plastic recycling line installation at the Lavergne plant in Haiti.

Recycled Materials

Braskem America and Encina to Collaborate on the Production of Recycled Polypropylene

Braskem will work closely with Encina to develop the necessary logistics, product quality, and certifications for a recycled propylene feedstock that Braskem will use in the production of recycled PP materials.

Recycled Materials

New Meat Packaging Material Made from Mixed Post-Consumer Plastics

Collaboration among players across the entire value chain work together on this new sustainable material. 

Recycling

U.S. PET Bottle Recycling Rate Declines in 2019

The NAPCOR 2019 Recycling Report also reports a 7% increase in the amount of recycled PET (rPET) going back into food and non-food bottles.

Recycled Materials

Audia Elastomers Develops Thermoplastic Elastomers based on Marine Waste Plastics

The company is working closely with customers to commercially adopt its new marine waste-based TPEs for select end-use applications.

Extrusion

General-Purpose Screws on the Comeback?

They are being specified more often for recycling applications to increase flexibility. But there is still no such thing as a GP screw and recyclers need to consider other processing approaches.

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. 

Automotive

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

Researchers Combine Mechanical and Chemical Recycling

This research team is working on developing a novel hybrid chemical-mechanical technology for recycling and upcycling of laminated and multilayered plastics.

Recycling

Betting Big on Recycled PET

Distributor of virgin PET resins PolyQuest is also a growing manufacturer of recycled PET resins.

Recycling

CG Roxane's San Bernardino rPET Facility Marks First Year of Production

CG Roxane’s CEO and President Ronan Papillaud discusses the company's journey into rPET production.  

Recycling

Avient Opens New CycleWorks Facility to Advance Recycling

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

Performance Modifier Additives Make Standard Polypropylene Resins Perform Like Premium Grades

Polypropylene (PP) shortages have forced many processors to move to lower grade resins at the cost of lower performance and processability. Milliken’s DeltaMax Performance Modifiers upgrade these materials to enhance impact resistance, melt flow rates, and sustainability through the use of more recycled material.  

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

Recycled Materials

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. 

Recycling

Berry’s Bold Sustainability Benchmarks

Worldwide packaging behemoth Berry Global has staked out a market-leading sustainability position with ambitious near- and long-term goals. Executive VP and General Manager Brian Hunt discussed the company’s efforts with Plastics Technology, including a new line of PCR containing caps and closures.

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