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In the sixth installment chronicling Eric Larson’s mission to monitor his consumption of plastic packaging and find a responsible way to recycle it, he comes up against the concept of economic feasibility.
Made of different grades and thicknesses of HDPE laminate, the toothpaste tube meets recycling standards, protects the product and holds up to the demands of high-speed production, all while remaining comfortably squeezable.
I thought recycling polyethylene (PE) film was going to be easy. After all, I am a plastics engineer. This is my area of expertise. But I have come to the realization that I don’t know diddly squat about plastic film recycling.
In part four of Eric Larson’s series chronicling his mission to monitor his use of polyethylene film and finding a responsible way to recycle it, Larson pauses to give thanks for technology across the ages.