'Plastic Pollution Is a Social Justice Issue,’ New Report Warns

<p><br/></p> <p>Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said in an appearance on MSNBC late Wednesday that ideally the top-line number would be around <a href=”https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/29/biden-prepares-unveil-infrastructure-plan-progressives-push-10-trillion-investment” target=”_blank”>$10 trillion in spending</a> on core infrastructure, renewable energy, healthcare improvements, and other key priorities over the next decade, a <a href=”https://www.epi.org/blog/next-round-of-recovery-spending-is-about-meeting-social-needs-not-filling-macroeconomic-gaps/” target=”_blank”>level of investment</a> the NewContinue Reading

A PET-friendly solution to the plastic packaging problem

Written by Deepak Pant From the time the first synthetic polymer was invented in the 1800s for substituting ivory, to the early 1900s when Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite for substituting shellac, until the present day when plastics have replaced almost all traditional materials, they have become a part of ourContinue Reading

The World’s Largest Plastic Recycling Plant

Image Credit: Alba_alioth/Shutterstock.com Biofabrik and ENESPA AG have recently announced the world’s first WASTX Plastic unit, which will be the largest plastic recycling plant on the planet. Mechanical Recycling of Plastics It is estimated that only around 9% of the plastic waste produced by the United States gets recycled each year,Continue Reading

Plastic pandemic: Solving single-use plastics

Two pandemics swept the world in 2020. The second – the growing use of single-use plastic as a COVID-safe measure – was considerably less reported, but no less dangerous. At a glance Safety measures implemented during the pandemic have boosted the usage of single-use plastic, adding to an existingContinue Reading

Dow Logo (PRNewsfoto/Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics)

SHANGHAI, March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dow (NYSE: Dow) today announced that Yelopack, a technology-based supply chain comprehensive management company, has adopted AFFINITY™ polyolefin elastomer (POE) in its existing plastic pallets, which will increase the life span of its pallets by five years — more than doubling their current life span.Continue Reading