Plastics & Additives

Full Belly Farm receives reusable packaging award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Replacing card­board boxes with 2,000 reusable plas­tic totes earned Full Belly Farm, a cer­ti­fied organic farm in Cal­i­for­nia, an Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award from the Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion.

Spot resin trading pushing prices higher; PE by $.01-.02/lb, and PP by a full $.02/lb

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 15th, 2014

Commodity resin trading was very busy for the week of July 7-11, more than making up for the slow start to the month, according to The Plastics Exchange. Spot prices for both polyethylene and polypropylene rose amid a spate of cracker outages triggering Force Majeure declarations for both ethylene and polyethylene from certain plants. Although resin offers began to flow nicely early in the week, some were taken off the table while others remained available but at higher asking prices.

Lumber from trees may be a material of the past

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 15th, 2014

It's summertime and you might be sitting out on your deck reading your online PlasticsToday NewsFeed on your laptop or iPad or iPhone, thinking that this past winter was pretty hard on that wooden deck and railing. Maybe you're chiding yourself for not getting out the sealant or the paint and taking on that nasty chore of beautifying and protecting your deck.

Tracing the roots of today’s polyurethane technologies

By Lee Salamone
Published: July 14th, 2014

Polyurethane has been used for nearly 75 years to make almost every element of our lives more safe and comfortable. Because of polyurethane's varied benefits, the product's rich history spreads across many industries - from furniture cushioning to spaceflight suits to each decade's newest and lightest electronic devices to the energy-saving refrigerator insulation that keeps food and beverages cold.

Standardized recycling labels seek to eliminate confusion at the bins

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 11th, 2014

Have you ever walked up to a trash bin and a recycling bin and felt confused on what goes where? Even if you work with plastics in some shape or another on a day-to-day basis, the answer is probably yes. But don't feel sheepish; you're not the only one.

The confusion at recycling bins inspired Michelle "Mitch" Hedlund to think of an innovative idea that could change the recycling game for good. While working in the sustainability field, she would meet with various companies and each one had the same issue: recycling was not working.

Impending VOC emission restrictions drive amines-free car seat foam development

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 10th, 2014

New restrictions set to be introduced in Asia restricting permissable levels of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in vehicle interiors are behind the development of an amines emission-free polyurethane (PU) foam formulation for automotive interior applications by Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI). More details in this development have now emerged from a Tier I that will be the first to employ the foam in its products.

Can you change your recycling habits in 30 days?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

It's said that changing a habit takes 30 days. So taking that idea to heart, Dow packaging and speciality plastics has launched a new awareness campaign called Recycle Rally - A 30 day Recycling Challenge. This campaign challenges users to make recycling part of their every day routine, while offering information, tools and tips to help people become a better recycler. 

Legislation reintroduced to ban BPA from food and beverage packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

A new bill seeks to ban the usage of BPA from food and beverage packaging. The 'Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014' is sponsored by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Grace Meng (D-NY).

Addivant receives FDA approval for its Weston 705 liquid antioxidant

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

Consistent innovation is something that many industries struggle to achieve. Oftentimes, companies will innovate sporadically and under duress. But Peter Smith, president and CEO of Addivant, does not believe that is the case for the present-day additive market.

New research project to develop biodegradable packaging for dairy products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2014

European countries are estimated to be the largest consumer of dairy products in the world, according to the data provided by FAO in 2011. While high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles are used quite often to package the dairy products, it's estimated that only about 10 to 15 percent of the packaging is recycled, according to data from 2012.

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