Economics spurring many plastics industry sectors to go green

By Rhoda Miel, Plastics News Staff

- Published on November 5, 2010 by Plastics News

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 5, 1:20 p.m. ET) -- Environmental issues may still have the old connotations of the “tree hugger” niche customer base, but they will become more and more of an economic driver for the plastics industry in the coming years, plastics companies say.

Blow molders already are seeing increased demand for recycled content and lighter weight plastic bottles, and companies such as consumer giant Procter & Gamble Co. are providing markets for the use of bio-based resins. And molders investing in energy-control devices in their shops — often with help from government funds — are able to bring their costs down.

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