The plastics industry more often than not takes a hammering when it comes to environmental issues — at least in the eyes of the general public. That is what makes the reclamation project undertaken voluntarily by Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries Inc. at its Barberton, Ohio, plant so refreshing and welcome.
As we reported July 13, PPG has invested millions of dollars over more than a dozen years to restore vegetation, wildlife and cleaner water to the six lakes and 600 acres of its Lime Lakes site in Barberton, where the firm now makes CR-39, an allyl diglycol carbonate resin widely used in plastic eyeglass lenses.
Of course, PPG's soda-ash manufacturing activities at the nearly century-old site created the problem in the first place. Still, no one threatened, fined or held a gun to the company's head to redress the problem. Yet it did so anyway — and with impressive results.
The plastics industry needs more such tales to tell.