Plastics Technology

JUL 2018

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called NextWave (nextwaveplastics.org), together with General Motors, Detroit; Trek Bicycle, Waterloo, Wis.; flooring company Interface, Atlanta; sustainable furniture company Van de Sant in The Netherlands; office-furniture design company Humanscale, N.Y.C.; skateboard company Bureo, Ventura, Calif.; and furniture company Herman Miller, Zeeland, Mich. NextWave convenes leading technology and consumer-focused companies to develop a commercial-scale ocean-bound plastics supply chain. NEEDING A HOME FOR THE MATERIAL Envision felt so sure of the potential for ocean-bound plastics that the company committed to collecting 10 million lb of HDPE from at-risk zones over the next two years. "Instead of just little one-offs and one-time runs with a little bit of ocean plastic, we decided that we're making this commitment in an effort to bring comfort to brands, so they can commit too," Lewis says. "We're approaching the one-year mark and we are right on track, close to having to collect and recycle 5 million lb, but we have sold only about 10% of that." Ocean-bound plastic costs more than both virgin and domestic PCR. But Lewis says if more companies expand use of the material, it will eventually get cheaper. "There's definitely interest out there, but it takes time for companies to make changes and adopt it. We do have a lot in works and are optimistic," she says. "But we also have a little bit of anxiety about it as we have stuck our necks out there and made the commit- ment. We have put a lot of money in it, but more importantly, this program has created jobs. I can't even think about it not being successful come a year from now when our two-year commitment is over when we have done 10 million lb. If the world doesn't value that, we can't keep doing it." P&G INITIATIVE IN EUROPE TerraCycle, Trenton, N.J. (terracycle.com), specializes in reprocessing hard-to-recycle waste such as coffee capsules, cigarette P&G partnered with TerraCycle on this Head & Shoulders shampoo bottle made from 25% beach plastic, and on this "Fairy Ocean Plastic" bottle made completely from combined PCR plastic and ocean plastic. @plastechmag 33 Plastics Technology Complete Blown Film THE X -DIE & High Performance V -RING ALPINE AMERICAN T H E B L O W N F I L M E X P E R T S www.halpine.com T: (508) 655-1123 F: (508) 655-9337 Trash as Value

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