I was doing some Christmas shopping today, and I was surprised to see an anti-plastics message in the checkout line at, all of places, the Claire's Boutique store, known mostly for jewelry and knicknacks for girls. There, next to the cash register, was a bead bracelet with a "no plastic" logo. The product is called the "NO PLASTIC bracelet," which, according to the tag, is made of a starch-based resin. The tag also instructs the buyer to check out a Web site, www.everybodygreen.com, for more information. I checked out the Web site and found a section called "why no plastic," featuring a wide variety of information telling kids why they should avoid plastic products. It's interesting that a maker of a product molded from a starch-based polymer -- something we at Plastics News would call a plastic -- would go so far to distance the material, and the product, from "traditional" plastics. Is this the first shot in what's going to be a war between plant-based and petrochemical-based polymers?
Anti-plastic messages for kids
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