Plastics Industry Opportunity for Sustainable Growth

Several months have now passed since the Biden-Harris Administration and the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued an array of goals and priorities aimed at positioning the U.S. as a leader in biotech and biomanufacturing. Of key importance to the plastics industry: The administration’s goal that the U.S. replace more than 90 percent of […]

What’s the matter with recycling?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. We’ve been hearing this phrase and teaching it to our children for more than 40 years. It’s ingrained in our collective consciousness: if you care about the planet, then you recycle. The petrochemical and fossil fuel industries put forth compelling facts and figures and marketing messages like this infographic showing how plastics […]

Leveraging biodegradable plastics to divert waste from landfills

Plastic is ubiquitous. It’s used in everything from your shampoo bottle to your golf shirt. Unfortunately, traditional petroleum-based plastics are notorious contributors to landfill waste. According to a 2017 study in Science Advances, of the 8.3 billion metric tons of virgin plastics produced since the 1950s, about 6.3 billion metric tons have been disposed of […]

Bioplastics role in the New Plastic Economy

Bioplastics will be a major component in the New Plastic Economy. For plastics to thrive without harmful waste and negative environmental impact, a switch from a linear economy to circular economy is paramount.


How Green Dot Upcycles Plastics and Agricultural By-products

Upcycling recycled plastics and reclaimed biobased materials has many advantages – it preserves non-renewable resources, decreases carbon emissions, increases markets for recycled plastics, and increases the value of agricultural crops.

Graph forecasting global production capacities of bioplastics through 2018

Future of Sustainable Plastics

Today, bioplastics make up less than 2% of the total plastics market. But demand among retailers and consumers for products and packaging made with sustainable plastics continues to grow. A recently published market study predicts, global production of bioplastics to quadruple by 2018. The major forces driving this rapid expansion are higher consumer acceptance, danger posed […]