Eco-Friendly Fall

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If you’re looking for ways to stay eco-friendly during the fall months, look no further! We have six suggestions on how to be sustainable this autumn. Use solar-powered lights. Enjoy your outdoor seating sustainably by choosing solar-powered, LED, or fluorescent lighting. This small switch will save energy and keep your autumn nights bright. While you’re at it, make sure to add …

Beyond the Bottle

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Sustainability news is abundant in the beverage industry as of late. Many big-name brands like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Ice Mountain have focused on adding recycled content into their product offerings. One way these brands have done this is by offering bottles made of recycled plastic. At the end of 2020, PepsiCo committed to selling 100% recycled plastics bottles across nine …

Closer Look at Closed-Loop

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As legislators introduce more EPR bills, an influx of attention is likely to be on closed-loop programs as a form of product end-of-life management. Frequently associated with the idea of a circular economy, closed-loop programs function to reuse existing materials. “A circular economy is an industrial system that is restorative or regenerative by intention and design” World Economic Forum defines. Green Matters breaks …

What is EPR?

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Recently, there has been more and more discussion on EPR in the plastics industry and the sustainability world. For those not well-versed in industry jargon, it can be hard to follow along. So, what is EPR? EPR stands for extended producer responsibility. In short, the strategy aims to make producers responsible for the end-of-life of their products. To go more …

Certified Recycled Content with SCS Global Services

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As a part of Petoskey Plastics’ focus on sustainability, we use post-consumer recycled content (PCR) in many of our products. We ensure the quality of the PCR through multiple methods. Internally, we control the conditions of incoming landfill-diverted plastic through our in-house recycling facility and closed-loop partnerships. Externally, we have our PCR certified by SCS Global Services, a third-party company, which helps …

What Does PCR and PIR Mean, and What is it?

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You have most likely heard of PCR and maybe even PIR, but what do they stand for? These acronyms are extremely common in writings about sustainability and plastic — so common that sometimes they aren’t fully explained. If you’ve been wondering what PCR and PIR are, we’re here to help. PCR is commonly written as PCR resin, which stands for …

Reduce waste. Reuse plastic film. Restore our Earth.

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This April 22 will mark the 51st Earth Day, a time to share our love of the planet, reflect, and innovate. This year’s official Earth Day theme is Restore Our Earth™ and centers on “natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.”  For our take, we’ve adopted the tagline “Reduce waste. Reuse plastic film. Restore our Earth.” …

Sustainable Packaging Coalition: Innovation and Teamwork

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Established in 2004, SPC has over 600 members of material manufacturers, recyclers and waste recoveries, government agencies, and more. Petoskey Plastics has been a member since 2019. The mission of the coalition is “to bring packaging sustainability stakeholders together to catalyze actionable improvements to packaging systems and lend an authoritative voice on issues related to packaging sustainability.” Petoskey Plastics works …

Operation Clean Sweep: What the Pledge Means to Us

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Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) is a campaign supported by the Plastics Industry Association and the American Chemistry Council. This campaign aims to have “zero pellet, flake, and powder loss” from all plastic resin handling operations. Many companies and organizations have shown their support and become partners by signing the OCS pledge. Joining this program means committing to properly dealing with …

Circular Economy Trends in 2021

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One of Fast Company’s recent articles discusses circular economy in trends in 2021— let’s talk about some of them. First, a vocabulary lesson. Closed loop is the process of reclaiming used materials and reusing them in new products. For example, Petoskey Plastics does this when we partner with customers to collect their used plastic. We take it to our recycling facility in …