Posted on May 25, 2011 by Envirothink
The current resin code for recycling plastics definitely has consumers confused
It’s challenging for consumers to know which numbered plastic bottle or container is recyclable and which isn’t these days, especially with the new types of plastic that are hitting the market.
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition plans to launch a voluntary labeling pilot program that they hope will eliminate the confusion about all the resin numbers we have to contend with.
The labeling system will classify packaging as “widely recycled”, “not recyclable” or “with limited recycling” — meaning consumers will need to check to see whether it’s recycled in their area. The labels will not address any recycled content the package may or may not contain.
“This is an effort to create a harmonized system that applies to all materials and to move away from resin identification codes because a lot of people think RIC codes mean an item is recyclable and that is not always the case,” said Anne Bedarf, an SPC project manager. “Municipalities and local and state officials tell us that there is no question that people find the RIC codes confusing and that it causes significant consumer confusion.”
Bedarf said the program’s been designed so that the recycling category for a product or product component can change as its level of recycling changes — and hopefully improves. Though initially only SPC industry members will be able to use the new numbering system on their products until late 2012, the plan is to make it a universal labeling system sometime after that time.
Filed under: Recycling | Tagged: plastic, recyclable, recycled content, recycling, sustainable packaging, Sustainable Packaging Coalition | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 24, 2011 by Envirothink
Almost every kitchen in America has a plethora of plastic containers ready to hold all sorts of left-overs. Chances are you’ll have a tough time finding lids to fit most of them.
With BPA in plastics getting plenty of attention in the news, consumers are looking for good alternatives that work. Ziploc®, a long-trusted household brand, has come up with a unique durable option.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: BPA, Food Network, plastic, Robin Miller, VersaGlass, Ziploc | 3 Comments »
Posted on May 17, 2011 by Envirothink
There’s a growing movement to ban single use plastic bags. Countries are jumping on this environmental bandwagon. A number of states are in the process or have already banned them. Oregon is currently considering a state-wide ban, while Evanston, Illinois is debating whether to become the 22nd city to ban them .Other communities have imposed a tax on the bags, with Montgomery County, Maryland, passing a five-cent plastic-bag tax on May 3.
The plastics industry isn’t taking this lying down. Led by South Carolina-based bag manufacturer Hilex Poly, opponents in the plastic industry are waging an all-out campaign to deny that plastic bags pose a threat to the environment.
Filed under: Breaking news | Tagged: ChicoBag, environment, environmental, green, Green America, plastics, recycle, reusable bags, sustainability | 4 Comments »
Posted on May 16, 2011 by Envirothink
The Sip 'N Go water bottle can fold up to fit in your pocket
Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. That’s 1,500 every second! Out of the 50 billion bottles of water purchased each year, 80 percent end up in a landfill, even though plenty of recycling programs exist.
Many folks have begun toting a reusable water bottle. Even though it’s heavy when it’s full, it’s better than buying all those plastic water bottles, right?
But why can’t someone invent a lightweight, eco-friendly water bottle that’s easy to take wherever you want?
For more on this revolutionary flexible water bottle, see http://bit.ly/lytxC2.
Filed under: Super Useful Green Product | Tagged: eco-friendly, landfill, plastic, reusable, Sip 'N Go | 2 Comments »
Posted on May 12, 2011 by Envirothink
Although this isn’t an environmental story, it is important. Doing something that makes children feel happy – particularly kids in military families – simply takes a willingness and commitment to act.
It's often unrecognized that kids of military families serve too
Our military helps keep our nation strong and safe. But there’s an often-overlooked segment behind our military – the children. When one or both of their parents are called to active duty. the children suffer in silence, generally unrecognized for their involuntary service.
Realizing the enormous challenges these kids face, the Toy Industry and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America have created a program that distributes toys to children at military bases with the highest rate of deployment. Launched in late 2009, Play Comforts is the first national toy distribution program to serve every branch of the military and its families.
Filed under: Making a Difference | Tagged: Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Guantanamo Bay, Joining Forces program, military, military families, Play Comforts, Toy Industry Association, Toy Industry Foundation, Wounded Warriors | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 11, 2011 by Envirothink
Could a dandelion's milky liquid be a sustainable resource for rubber?
Ford Motor Company. has been working with researchers at Ohio State to create a new sustainable resource for rubber. Odd as it may seem, that source could well be the innocuous dandelion weed.
The sticky, milky white liquid that seeps from the roots of the Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-haghyz) is currently being grown at OSU’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. If successful, Ford could use this substance as a method to improve the impact strength of plastics.
Russian dandelion could be the next sustainable source of rubber
It could then be used in things like floor mats and interior trim if it meets Ford’s standards for durability,
Whoever thought that dandelions could prove durable, much less a potential enhancement and/or replacement for rubber? Sort of makes you think twice about pulling up those weeds.
Filed under: Exciting New Deveopments | Tagged: dandelion, Ford Motor Co., Ohio State, plastics, rubber, sustainable | Leave a comment »