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Study: 75 percent of Australia's ocean debris is plastic


September 18, 2014 7:48 pm ET

About 75 percent of the trash found in the waters off Australia's beaches is plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than sea-borne debris drifting in, according to a Sept. 15 study from scientists and the social investment arm...

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P&G removing PE microbeads from its Crest brand toothpaste


September 18, 2014 1:57 pm ET

After months of prodding, Procter & Gamble Co., the makers of Crest brand toothpastes, say polyethlene microbeads will be completely removed from its dental products by March 2016.

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Minnesota receives grant to help develop new bioplastics


September 17, 2014 4:08 pm ET

The University of Minnesota has received a $20 million grant to fund the development of new types of bioplastics.

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Tiny plastics swim in Australian waters


September 17, 2014 11:16 am ET

A University of Western Australia marine scientist has found the sea's surface in Australian waters is contaminated by more than 4,000 pieces of tiny plastic per square kilometer.

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Rise of PP recycling leads to first bale specifications


September 17, 2014 10:22 am ET

PET has its bale specifications for recycling. And so does high density polyethylene. But now comes polypropylene's time.

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Beaumont battles technology theft from China


September 10, 2014 2:21 pm ET

John Beaumont, who runs a small company in Erie, Pa., making a product for injection molds called the MeltFlipper, is facing a website in China that he says cut-and-pasted company sales information from his Beaumont Technologies Inc., and from...

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After a decade of trying, California poised to ban plastic bags


September 5, 2014 2:19 pm ET

Even with California on the brink of becoming the first in the United States to enact a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags, arguing over the bill continues.

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California court rejects Chemtura flame retardant case


September 5, 2014 1:16 pm ET

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — In a preliminary ruling on Aug. 28, California Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny rejected Chemtura Corp.'s legal bid to block a change to the states' Cal TB-117 furniture flammability standard. This change will remove the ...

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Fresh off its IPO, Advanced Drainage Systems looking to grow


September 3, 2014 4:10 pm ET

Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of thermoplastic corrugated pipe, posted a net sales increase of 12 percent and announced plans to continue growing by converting more pipe buyers to plastic and acquiring more...

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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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