Cartoons, opinion columns by Plastics News staffers, plus letters and perspective columns from our readers.



New name for our European partners

March 24, 2015 9:34 am ET

Sometimes a subtle change can make a big difference.


Plastics in the news, and in the minds of the public

March 19, 2015 6:00 am ET

I've spotted a few plastics-related stories on other news sites in the past couple of weeks that are worth sharing — at least in part because of the reaction they got from readers.


Just how real is the high recycling rate for post-industrial plastics?

March 12, 2015 10:24 am ET

The plastics industry may have something to be proud of — a very high recycling rate for post-industrial plastics.

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Forget the winter in Orlando

March 18, 2015 11:54 am ET

This thought crossed my mind as I watched another 8 inches of that fluffy, lovable precipitation fall on my slightly recognizable, half-buried car.


NPE 2015 well worth your time

March 11, 2015 12:18 pm ET

We all get in a rut. And overall, the plastics industry is faring well right now.


Republicans need to send clear message for 2016

February 4, 2015 11:59 am ET

It's time for Republicans to tell us some detailed plans for spreading the economic wealth of this country more broadly. Cleveland — home of the 2016 Republican National Convention — is a great opportunity for the GOP.

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