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Study estimates 269,000 tons of plastic in world's oceans

By  Don Loepp    |    December 10, 2014 7:25 pm ET    |   Comments

The 5 Gyres Institute has released a study that estimates the quantity of plastic in the world's oceans. And it's a very big number.

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Plastics and politics ... it's serious business

By  Don Loepp    |    December 4, 2014 5:20 pm ET    |   Comments

The Washington Post's "The Fix" blog has some fun today with Plastics News' political coverage. The post, "Trade and hobby magazines have the best presidential campaign coverage. Seriously."

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Thanksgiving balloons — yep, they're plastic

By  Don Loepp    |    November 26, 2014 1:59 pm ET    |   Comments

As you sit in front of the TV on Thanksgiving morning and watch the parade, keep this in mind —— plastics make it possible. I'm talking about those big balloon characters, of course.

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New registration process for plasticsnews.com (Psst: It's still free)

November 18, 2014 10:44 am ET    |   Comments

If you've clicked on a story link on the web for Plastics News this week, you've noticed something a little different.


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Astronauts, 3-D printing and hoverboards? Sounds good

November 5, 2014 11:01 am ET    |   Comments

Buzz Aldrin may have been the second person to step on the moon, but he was definitely the first former moonwalker to ride a hoverboard.

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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin checks out Autodesk's prototype 3-D printer Ember with Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski.


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A look at the fastest-growing companies in our blow molders' ranking

November 3, 2014 9:35 am ET    |   Comments

Today Plastics News published its annual ranking of North American blow molders. Let's look at some of the details behind the data.


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Arburg's Heinz Gaub talks about plastics and additive manufacturing

By  Steve Toloken    |    October 23, 2014 9:26 am ET    |   Comments

One year ago, Arburg GmbH + Co. KG became the first plastics machinery company to get into the business of making additive manufacturing machines, launching trial production.

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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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