One thing I've learned from coordinating the Processor of the Year award is that few custom plastics manufacturers become successful without changing. Customers, materials and technology are always changing.
The industry must work to credibly combat misinformation. That doesn't mean dismissing legitimate issues or automatically assuming that any criticism of plastics is wrong. But it does mean highlighting the benefits of plastics and working to make plastics safe and sustainable.
When we look back on 2022, we're going to remember a year that was unnecessarily confrontational. So let's wrap it up with some humor.
The media is telling consumers that it's a waste of time to recycle plastics because most plastics aren't recycled. But the fact is that there's plenty of demand for high-quality recycled plastics.
One of Rhoda Miel's favorite parts of the Women Breaking the Mold Networking Forum each year isn't about connecting with people you already know; it's about connecting with people from branches of the industry that are completely new to you.
Perhaps some retail bag makers will be able to make a case to California that they've made the investments necessary to make their products sustainable. If so, flexible packaging makers should be paying attention.
This week our annual ranking of North American blow molders swoops in on a puff of air to the beat of an industrial drum.