Jonas Misbin, 90, president of plastics recycler Plastics Recovery Inc. in Phoenix, passed away Feb. 22. In the early 1940s, Misbin formed a company in New York to make clear plastic lipstick display cases for department stores.
Working with Plexiglas, he enjoyed making heart-shaped jewelry for his family. In 1945, he moved to East Los Angeles and continued his hobby by making Plexiglas safety goggles. In 1955, he began experimenting with plastics recycling and quit his job at Douglas Aircraft Co. to start a recycling company in Baldwin Park, Calif.
Following the death of his wife, Cecile, in 1994, he moved to Phoenix to work with his daughter, Shaina Warshawsky, and son-in-law, as owner and president of Plastics Recovery.
In addition to his daughter, who will continue to operate the business, he is survived by his son, Harvey.