Like you, perhaps, I miss the good old days, when a trip to the supermarket, restaurant or watering hole wasn't an opportunity for a debate about single-use plastics. But I'm afraid we're just getting started.
One thing that came through during discussions at Chinaplas, particularly from machinery manufacturers, was the caution in spending as companies in China wait to see what happens with escalating U.S. tariffs.
Ah, Spring! Flowers in bloom. About time to cut the grass after you watch that final season of "Game of Thrones." But here's the best part: Once again it's time for the Plastics News Processor of the Year Award!
What's in the future for plastics? I don't mean for next quarter, or even the rest of the year. You can ask an economist and get an intelligent guess about the short-term outlook for any market, material or process.
In late March, news broke that the state would ban disposable plastic grocery sacks next year. For manufacturers, it was the political equivalent of a dozen eggs plunging through a torn bag to the sidewalk below.
Plastics News is proud to share stories of successful women in the plastics industry. This issue marks the fifth year in a row that we've published our Women Breaking the Mold special report, and we've profiled nearly 125 women over the years.