This is a blog post with two sides. On one, it's sharing some excellent videos that highlight the future of plastics. But on the other, it's a nagging complaint that I have with the plastics industry.
How will plastics innovations shape the 21st century? College students tackled that question in this year's student video contest, sponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
The videos are flashy, professional looking and inspirational.
The winning entry came from three students at the Savannah College of Art and Design — Alireza Bidar, Mina Vali Zadeh and Reza Bidar. For their efforts, they win a paid trip to NPE 2015.
Washington-based SPI said their video, “The Future of Plastics,” envisions how the flexibility and versatility of plastics will shape the future.
Second place went to students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, for a similarly themed entry: “Plastics: Shaping the Future.”
A team from Penn State Erie, Behrend College, won third place for “Impact of Plastics on Society.”
The second place team will receive a $5,000 prize, while third place gets $3,500.
According to SPI, the contest asked students to explore “Innovation in the 21st Century.” The submissions were judged by SPI's communications and marketing committee.
“The imagination and creativity that went into these videos shows that the plastics industry's reputation for technological advancement and innovation is in good hands,” SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux said in a news release.