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Meeting the Growing Demand for Plastics with Advanced Recycling

There’s a growing form of recycling called advanced recycling. This differs from mechanical recycling, which is the traditional process of physically separating plastics, breaking it down, and cleaning it to manufacture plastic pellets for use in new packaging. In advanced recycling, plastics are broken down into their molecular building blocks. Advanced recycling typically alters the …

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The Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard Measures Food Packaging Sustainability

The Understanding Packaging (UP) Scorecard is a free online tool that measures food packaging materials to help people make sustainable purchasing decisions. The easy-to-use web-based tool assesses the sustainability impacts of common foodware and food packaging. Pollution, chemicals of concern, climate, water use, sustainable sourcing, and recoverability are scored by the science-based tool which was …

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APR’s ‘Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Review’ Program

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), a trade association for the plastics recycling industry, launched its Meets Preferred Guidance (MPG) Review Program to recognize companies that develop packaging that meets the “APR Preferred” status based on their definition of recyclability. Through the program, the APR gives an independent assessment of packaging materials, components, and finished …

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How to Identify Recycled Products

You recycle your used packaging so that it can be made into new packaging and other useful products. But how can you identify those newly made products so that you can purchase them and therefore help complete the recycling loop? As you shop, check the labels of products to look for terms like “made with …

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Recycling Tips for the Holidays

The holidays come with gifts, get-togethers, and an opportunity to give “garbage” new life. Thanks to recycling, not all “garbage” is trash. Much of it can be recycled to make useful products! Here are a few tips to have an eco-friendly holiday season. Make recycling bins a convenient part of your get-togethers. When you place …

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Recycling Claims Victory at the 2020 Olympics

There were many memorable moments at the 2020 summer Olympic games in Japan. But behind the competition and triumphs, recycling of all sorts was taking place. Uniforms for torchbearers were made from recycled bottles from Coca-Cola. Some of the podiums made from recovered plastic waste from the oceans will be recycled into bottles. Medals were …

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The Benefits of Chemical Recycling

One of the growing methods used to recycle used plastic packaging is chemical recycling. Let’s take a look at the benefits it brings to the recycling industry. Chemical recycling, defined by This is Plastics (www.thisisplastics.com), is any process by which a polymer is chemically reduced to its original monomer form so that it can eventually …

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Plastics: Making Industries More Efficient

Industries around the world are being positively impacted by the power of plastic packaging. Let’s take a look at how plastic innovation and recycling solutions are making an impact. Plastics are not only having a positive impact on the packaging industry, but have also revolutionized the transportation industry as well. From 1991-2000, the average weight …

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PET Plastic: Helping Create Jobs

The plastics industry is on the rise and so are jobs related to PET plastics and recycling. In addition to its ability to be recycled over and over, the benefits of PET plastic stretch far beyond its ability to be recycled. Let’s take a look at some of the jobs PET plastic has helped create. …

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