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Startup post-consumer recycling specialty company Zzyzx wins grant


September 2, 2014 1:33 pm ET

An Allentown, Pa., company is receiving a grant of $737,000 to help support its efforts to develop polymers using post-consumer plastics.

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Europe recycled equivalent of 65 billion PET bottles in 2013


September 2, 2014 10:38 am ET

New figures from Petcore Europe said the equivalent of around 65 billion bottles — 1.64 million metric tons — was recycled in the region last year, up 7 percent from 2012.

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EcoCortec develops marine degradeable film to help reduce debris


September 2, 2014 9:55 am ET

Croatian specialist packaging producer EcoCortec has developed marine biodegradable film products designed to combat the scourge of plastics packaging waste polluting the world's oceans.

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California lawmakers give final approval to plastic bag ban


August 30, 2014 6:00 am ET

Under the measure, single-use plastic bags will be barred from California retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores, as of July 1, 2015.

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Green trend boosts plastic building materials business in China


August 29, 2014 9:42 am ET

The greening of China's domestic building materials market is giving the plastics industry a boost.

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Truce? ACC, US Green Building Council agree to work together on LEED


August 28, 2014 12:08 pm ET

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Aug. 27 that they will be working together on a new initiative that applies science-based approaches to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...

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Bag usage drops 71% in Northern Ireland


August 28, 2014 10:41 am ET

A shopping bag fee in Northern Ireland has resulted in a 71.8 percent reduction in bag numbers in its first year of operation.

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Bayer seeing success in project to replace petroleum with C02


August 28, 2014 10:18 am ET

Bayer MaterialScience says its research into the potential of using carbon dioxide as a raw material already is paying off in studies showing that C02 can reduce the amount of petroleum used to make plastics.

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Sony entering recycled PC market


August 27, 2014 11:08 am ET

Consumer electronics giant Sony Corp. is getting into a sideline of selling recycled resins.

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Canadian thermoformer ICI gets new financial backing


August 26, 2014 3:11 pm ET

Innovative Composites International Inc. (ICI) will get a $1.5 million infusion in the form of a loan and equity funding to cover a corporate restructuring and stabilize the thermoforming business as it seeks to meet its full sales potential in the...

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