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Five years ago this week in Plastics News:

A survey by Environmental Research Associates of Princeton, N.J., showed that 47 percent of U.S. consumers avoided plastic packaging when making purchasing choices.

Pioneer polymer chemist Herman F. Mark died at age 96. His work helped scientists predict polymer properties and tailor them to specific applications.

Exxon Chemical Co. said it would build a plant based on its new gas-phase, metallocene-resin technology by the mid-1990s.