AMBA trade group lobbyist Omar Nashahib: "What we heard from you all is that the molds, dies and tooling is already underpriced by China probably 40-60 percent. So 25 percent doesn't even get you whole, but it does help."
Federal safety inspectors want to fine a Sumitomo Bakelite resin plant in Ohio $171,000 for repeat violations of fire and explosion safety rules.
Greenpeace adds some high profile names to its push for a stronger plastics treaty, the Smart car gets another life as an EV and Loliware adds injection molding for its seaweed-based material.
Bioplastics can help companies reduce their carbon footprint but they need more work to become competitive with fossil fuel-based polymers.
The Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council filed the suit May 11 in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. The group is asking for unspecified relief.
Bill Wood: "For now, I am inclined to stay patient, but vigilant. ... There are headwinds, but nothing to justify more dramatic action just yet."
A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme tries to put numbers behind levers that can reduce plastics in the environment.
Industry groups will be well represented at the United Nations plastics treaty talks in Paris later this month.
Canada's government is out with a proposed new regulatory framework that would mandate recycled content for plastic packaging and toughen rules on green labeling.