Conference supports industry's green push for sustainability
Sustainability doesn't happen by accident. The plastics industry is becoming greener because of our commitment and innovation. Achievements in sustainability in recent years have been significant. The Global Plastics Environmental Conference is our opportunity to push that movement even further.
On March 11, the Society of Plastics Engineers Environmental Division will hold that conference in Orlando, Fla. Our theme, ``Sustainability and Recycling for a Greener Environment,'' was chosen because our goal as plastics engineers is industry-driven sustainability effectively spread throughout the globe.
By bringing together people from different parts of the plastics industry and beyond, we are creating new opportunities for learning and developing. Conference participants come from all over the world, making this a conference that is truly global in scope.
Among our special guests are two speakers who are experts in sustainability and recycling. Seetha Coleman-Kammula is the founder of Simply Sustain LLC, a management consulting company guiding companies to be profitable in ways that benefit the environment.
Our other speaker, Jerry Powell, is the editor and publisher of Resource Recycling Magazine and ``Plastics Recycling Update.'' Each will offer a unique perspective into the current state and future development of sustainability and recycling.
In past years we have seen an advance in the area of biopolymer activity at our conference.
This year we will introduce the Clean-Technology Business Plan Forum & Competition. This creates an opportunity for innovative ideas to obtain the support they need to become real and effectively implemented.
We know the ideas are out there, and we also know this is the perfect forum to bring them out.
So as we bring together new ideas and technologies with the leading companies, industry experts and members of the investment community, we will be doing even more to make plastics greener.
If you are interested in entering the competition or attending the conference, please visit our Web site at www.sperecycling.org.
We believe the best way to achieve sustainability within the plastics industry is by involving people throughout the plastics industry. GPEC 2008 is open to anyone or any company that manufactures resins, processes plastics, buys plastic products, or wants to learn more about how plastics are becoming greener.
I have been involved with SPE and the Plastics Environmental Division for more than 16 years. I have seen a significant shift in the way people perceive sustainability in plastics. While the focus was once limited to just recycling plastics, sustainability is now a key issue for people in every facet of the industry.
Denton Plastics Inc.