Our first issue of April 2023 is out now!
The biggest story this week, more details emerge into President Joe Biden's bioplastics plan to replace 90% of fossil-based plastics with bio-based alternatives. Our front page, designed by our talented art director Amy Steinhauser, asks the question "What federal policies are needed to address Biden's 'huge urgency' on climate?"
This week in Plastics News, we're going all in on bioplastics for our April 4 Sustainable Plastics Live with Sustainable Plastics Live editor Karen Laird. Register here and if you're still looking for more information on bioplastics, we've made a previous livestream all about bioplastic available for free over on our YouTube page.
Also be sure to check out today's Material Insights for an interview with a company that is producing seaweed-based plastics and what they think of the news.
Elsewhere in the issue:
- The value of shipments of primary plastics machinery for injection molding and extrusion increased to $432.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2022 in North America — up 4.4 percent from the prior year and 22.3 percent from the prior quarter.
- Redwire Corp., a Florida-based company has a new $5.9 million contract from NASA to complete the design of FabLab, which the company calls an "in-space manufacturing system."
- A chemical recycling bill in Illinois failed to advance while ExxonMobil weighs more options for chemical recycling capacity.
- Our annual directory of liquid silicone rubber processors. Find the directory here and look for stories throughout the week on PlasticsNews.com.
- A panel of prominent scientists and the Minderoo Foundation are out with a new report urging the global plastics treaty talks to set tough benchmarks for health testing of chemicals in plastics, similar to standards used in the pharmaceutical industry.
- PepsiCo working toward bioplastics; Berry increases recycled plastics use and Danone North America is expanding bottle-making in Florida.
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