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L.A. County passes sweeping ban on plastic bags
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted last week to ban plastic grocery bags in areas of the county under its jurisdiction, endorsing a broadly worded measure that proponents hope could become a model for California. The ban, which goes beyond ordinances adopted in Malibu and San Francisco, most directly affects 1.1 million people who live outside the county's incorporated cities. But anyone shopping at stores in such areas would encounter the new rules. More



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Using a torque rheometer to characterize flow in poly(vinyl chloride) composites
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Rheology studies the flow of matter. The term is used to describe the properties of a wide variety of materials, such as polymers, inks, foods, and oils. Insight into the rheological properties of polymers provides essential information regarding their processability. Rheometers measure a material's rheological properties. More


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Students exploring bioplastics in SPE after-school program
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The Society of Plastics Engineers is providing some support to Detroit-area students exploring bioplastics through an after-school study program. Five high school students with Ecotek, a laboratory for children interested in careers in science and engineering, investigated what bioplastic could be used as an athletic shoe insole, and created a kit they termed "Bioplastic-in-a-box" that could be used to help other students learn about bioplastics. More



Bayer invests big in new plastics projects in China
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The chemicals and plastics supplier intends to invest €110 million in projects designed to help increase its presence in the China's plastics industry. The funds will go towards PUR systems houses, a PC sheet extrusion plant, and a PC color compounding capacity and design center. More

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Converting plastic back to oil
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Blest, a Japanese company has invented a safe and user-friendly machine that can convert plastic back to oil. The machine is effective in recycling different kinds of plastic into oil. Plastic is one of the most versatile synthetically produced materials in the world and is also one of the environmentally unfriendly substances produced by man. Considering its utility in myriad of industries and life spheres, it seems impossible to give up plastic entirely. More

Fantastic as plastic gets organic
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A revolution in green packaging is being launched, as leading British retailer Marks & Spencer has announced that this Christmas its entire Swiss chocolate range will be sold in an innovative Australian company's biodegradable plastic trays. Plantic Technologies' cutting-edge bioplastic, also called plantic, is made from starch and is not only 100 percent compostable but also completely dissolves in running water. More



Cereplast and Metabolix earnings reports show promise, challenge of bioplastics
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The third-quarter earnings reports of bioplastics two publicly traded companies—Cereplast and Metabolix—highlight the huge potential of the market, as well as the hardships to be endured while production and product development ramp up. More

Hewlett-Packard announces environmental milestones for reduced
waste, materials reuse and easier recycling

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Hewlett-Packard recently announced several milestones in the company's push to deliver energy savings, decrease carbon footprint and offer products and solutions that enable customers to reduce their environmental impact. More

Sarlink Joins the Teknor Apex Family

Sarlink is now a part of Teknor Apex. Our commitment to quality and service remains, and is now paired with an unrivaled TPE product line.


Silgan acquires closure molder Ipec Global
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Consumer packaged good company Silgan Holdings Inc. is acquiring New Castle, Pa.-based plastic lid maker International Plastics and Equipment Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Silgan, based in Stamford, Conn., had sales of roughly $3.1 billion in 2009 and has 66 manufacturing facilities around the world. In North America, the company supplies metal containers for food products and plastic containers for personal care products. More


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