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What's more controversial, legalizing pot or criminalizing plastic bags?

By  Don Loepp    |    October 22, 2014 9:53 am ET    |   Comments

Have we gotten to a point where U.S. voters are comfortable with legalizing marijuana, and also criminalizing plastic bags? And what does that mean to the plastics industry?

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Teknor Apex working to keep talented young workers in Rhode Island

By  Don Loepp    |    October 15, 2014 6:00 am ET    |   Comments

Just about every plastics company says they face a challenge finding talented new workers. It looks like compounder Teknor Apex Co. is taking a proactive approach.

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Fakuma facts and figures

By  Don Loepp    |    October 13, 2014 8:47 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics News and our colleagues from European Plastics News and PRW are doing show dailies at Fakuma 2014 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The show runs from Oct. 14-18.

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Bill Bregar and Steve Toloken (not pictured) helped us do the Material Insights video on location at Fakuma 2014.


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A look behind Plastics News' 2014 mold makers ranking

By  Don Loepp    |    October 6, 2014 11:55 am ET    |   Comments

Today we publish our annual ranking of North American mold makers. Here's a peek behind the numbers.

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Canadian plastics officials help with shoreline cleanup

By  Don Loepp    |    October 1, 2014 2:35 pm ET    |   Comments

What's the plastics industry doing about litter? It's a good question, and given the political battles taking place around the world about product bans and taxes.

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CPIA team, left to right: Michael Hill, Shannon Laszlo, Krista Friesen, Gloria Zizek, Darlene Gray, Carol Hochu.


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Does this all-plastic trumpet sound 'as good' as brass?

By  Don Loepp    |    September 23, 2014 10:54 am ET    |   Comments

Certain applications seem just about impossible for plastic to replace traditional materials. Until today, I figured that "trumpet" belonged on that list.

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Sometimes the headline doesn't match the story

By  Don Loepp    |    September 22, 2014 2:56 pm ET    |   Comments

If you want an idea of why some people think plastic packaging is dangerous, check out this story.

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Here's a peek behind our 2014 film & sheet ranking

By  Don Loepp    |    September 15, 2014 1:22 pm ET    |   Comments

Today Plastics News publishes its annual ranking of North American Film and Sheet Manufacturers. Let's look at some interesting numbers behind the ranking.

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Weighing in on top plastics personalities

By  Don Loepp    |    September 8, 2014 5:12 pm ET    |   Comments

My inspiration today comes from the world of journalism, sports and celebrity.

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How's the media treating plastics these days?

By  Don Loepp    |    August 27, 2014 10:49 am ET    |   Comments

In my daily searches for breaking news, I tend to come across a lot of interesting stories about plastics that don't really fit anywhere specifically, but I'd still like to share them with Plastics Blog readers. Here are a few of my recent favorites.

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