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  1. Celebrating Earth Day & Technology

    Earth Day 2021 has come and gone, but we wanted to take a look at ways the plastic world is evolving currently. The biggest focus, worldwide, with plastics is in regards to recycling and reducing the use of single use materials we've seen such a massive increase in use of, due to Covid19. One material we're seeing hit a circular...
  2. Why blue food grade materials exist

    Have you ever seen "food grade" and wondered what made those materials different? While USDA, 3A, NSF, etc have different certifications and requirements to be met, in general there are things that help differentiate these materials for food contact. In recent years, there has been a stronger and stronger push for "food grade" materials to be blue in color specifically...
  3. The climb continues into April

    As we wind down March and approach April, the hope was that resin supplies would begin to recover from the February storms that caused so many issues. Unfortunately, this has not been the case thus far. Actually, quite the opposite as we are seeing prices increasing still, as we had the entire way through March. Fortunately, most plants have re-opened...
  4. Prices continue to climb

    Unfortunately, prices of plastics are continuing to climb within the industry, almost universally. As refineries and plants continue to come back online, the supply continues to be extremely limited for a number of materials, but specifically polypropylene and polyethylene. Unfortunately, the record highs we're seeing are also being seen in many other commodity materials, such as PVC as well. Following...
  5. Price increases and a series of unfortunate events

    We're now into March of 2021, and we're seeing continued price increases almost universally across all types of plastics. However, certain materials have been hit harder than others, and within this post we'll explore what is happening currently. Winter Storm Uri (Feb. 13-17, 2021) and Winter Storm Viola (Feb. 15-20, 2021) brought significant challenges to large portions of the country...
  6. Plastics in our every day, automotive life.

    When you think about plastics you might interact with in a car, your first thought might be immediately to think about those cheap, broken plastics of yesteryear in cheaper economy cars. What you might not think about, is the variety of materials being used to enhance your experience and keep you and your passengers safer. With the extremely rare and...