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IN A WORLD THAT CAN SEEM overwhelmed by potentially eternal plastic waste, are biodegradables the ultimate solution? Probably not. But it’s complicated. The industry is still debating what “biodegradable” actually means. And some plastics made of fossil fuels will biodegrade, while some plant-based “bioplastics” won’t.

Biodegradable plastics have been around since the late 1980s. They initially were marketed with the implied promise that they’d somehow disappear once they were disposed of, just as leaves on the forest floor are decomposed by fungi and soil microbes. It hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Biodegradables don’t live up to their promise, for example, in the dark, oxygen-free environment of a commercial landfill or in the cool waters of the ocean, if they should end up there. You can’t throw them in your backyard compost either. To break down, they require the 130-degree heat of an industrial composter. Many industrial composters accept only plastics that meet certain standards, ensuring they will leave no fragments behind that can harm the environment or human health. And if you throw some biodegradables in with recyclables, you might ruin the latter, creating a mix that can no longer be relied on to make durable new plastic. In 2015 the United Nations Environment Program wrote off biodegradables as an unrealistic solution that will neither reduce the amount of plastic flowing into the oceans nor prevent potential chemical or physical harm to marine life. It concluded that the label “biodegradable” may actually encourage littering.

Some engineers are looking for ways around these obstacles. Jenna Jambeck and her colleagues at the University of Georgia’s New Materials Institute are using polymers synthesized by microbes to make packaging they hope will compost readily and biodegrade in the ocean. Corn chip bags are their first target.

It’s a tall order. Even the best biodegradable product won’t magically disappear. A plastic container robust enough to carry a gallon of milk can’t decompose like paper. A flowerpot, one of Polymateria’s experimental products, could take up to two years to dissolve if tossed in a ditch, Dunne concedes. Biodegradables, some critics say, don’t address the fundamental problem: our throwaway culture.

“What is it that we are promoting?” asks Ramani Narayan, a Michigan State University chemical engineering professor. “Throw it away, and eventually it will go away?” The more responsible approach, he says, is a “circular economy” model, in which everything is reused or recycled and “any ‘leakage’ into the environment, whether biodegradable or not, is not acceptable.”

China is providing motivation. For nearly three decades it has bought about half the world’s recyclable plastic. But this year it called a halt to most scrap imports. Recyclables are now piling up in the countries that generated them. “We hope it will push towards more circular management.”

To learn more about this National Geographic article by #LaurieParker and GearedforGreen sustainability, recycling, raw material, circular supply chain services, please contact us at:

GearedforGreen – Daniel Schrager, President, GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327 info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com

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In today’s world 🌎 … Brand Protection is more important than ever! So GearedforGreen provides a number of Certified Destruction, Recycling, Reuse services, based on your specific materials, security level, and sustainability needs.

Our Services include:

• 100% Chain-of-Custody Secure Certified Destruction
• Plastic Packaging-Products Destruction-Recycling-Reuse
• Apparel Destruction-Recycle-Reuse
• End-of-Use Consumer Product Destruction-Recycling

FOR YOUR MOST SENSITIVE MATERIALS, WE PROVIDE END TO END CHAIN-OF-CUSTODY CERTIFIED DESTRUCTION SERVICES

We understand how valuable your brand is. Whether it’s branded product, printed packaging, or sensitive data, in many cases 100% Certified Destruction is imperative.

GearedforGreen provides a comprehensive “iron clad” approach to brand protection, sustainability and certified destruction.

Our COC leg-by-leg process ensures 100% complete security, customizable to each client’s particular needs.

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• Each of our eco supply chain certified destruction facilities is governed by strict, industry-leading chain-of-custody procedures.
• Every item we handle for destruction is assigned a unique identifier and tracked at all times during transport and within our facilities.
• Your items are transported in sealed equipment direct from your facility to ours.
• Our certified destruction facilities are equipped to provide maximum security for your items, including in-out scan.
• Certified destruction includes on site shredding or incineration.
• A variety of customizable recycling and eco supply chain options are available for your items after certified destruction.

The end result is total peace of mind security and sustainability!

PLASTIC PACKAGING-PRODUCTS REQUIRING
DESTRUCTION, RECYCLING, REUSE

DRR is a specialized GearedforGreen sustainability service specially created for printed plastic packaging and branded plastic products that require (slightly less) security in terms of COC destruction, and that can be recycled into new sustainable raw materials for reuse back into new products.

In many cases after certified destruction, Printed Plastic Packaging and Branded Plastic Products can be destroyed, cleaned, de-contaminated, remelted and recycled, for use back as sustainable raw materials to make new products again.

Plastic Packaging scrap is among the most challenging to recycle ♻️ mostly because of their coatings, multi layers, and heavy inks and colors. As a result, plastic packaging represents the single largest plastic waste item landfilled today!

GearedforGreen utilizes advanced patented proprietary plastics recycling technologies to help clients reduce or eliminate landfill disposal and instead recycle these plastics in more sustainable circular sustainability initiative.

PLASTIC PACKAGING & PRODUCT
DESTRUCTION, RECYCLING, REUSE PROCESS

• Our eco supply chain destruction-recycling facilities utilize proprietary plastic recycling technologies.
• Our process starts with shredding destruction to ensure brand protection. Clients may inspect destruction and are provided a certificate of destruction.
• Once destruction is complete, shredded plastics are conveyed within our facilities to various recycling processes which may include; size reduction grind, wash, float sink or hydro cyclone separation, De-coat, metal separation, elutriation, blend, extrusion, compound, and final repelletization. Processes are customizable based on material type for each client.
• Recycled pellets are used as new sustainable raw materials in GearedforGreen Closed Loop or Open Loop Circular Supply Chain programs to make a variety of new plastic products.

The end result is total destruction and sustainable raw material reuse.

APPAREL DESTRUCTION-RECYCLING-REUSE

Branded Apparel Destruction is another specialized GearedforGreen sustainability service specially created for the fashion and textile industries to help manage sensitive destruction and/or reuse or disposal of branded textile products.

Services include COC Chain-of-Custody Certified Destruction, label and tag removal/destruction, shredding, and textile recycling for fabric reuse.

• Each of our eco supply chain certified destruction facilities is governed by strict, industry-leading chain-of-custody procedures.
• Every item we handle is assigned a unique identifier by location and tracked at all times during transport and within our facilities.
• Your items are transported in sealed equipment direct from your facility to ours.
• Our certified destruction facilities are equipped to provide maximum security for your items, including in-out scan requirements.
• Certified destruction includes shredding or incineration.
• A variety of textile recycling and eco supply chain options are available for your items after certified destruction, customizable for each client.
• We provide certified label & tag removal.
• We Recycle shredded textile scrap for reuse into products such as rags, towels, automotive textiles, and more.

END-OF-USE CONSUMER PRODUCT
DESTRUCTION-RECYCLING, REUSE

EOU Consumer Plastic Products Recycling is a specialized GearedforGreen sustainability service created specifically to help plastic manufacturers take responsibility for products they make after consumer use in the market.

Utilizing our eco supply chain national network of private and municipal recycling & collection facilities and other recollection resources, we help design & implement reverse logistics to collect & consolidate your plastics for destruction/recycling.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GEAREDFORGREEN CERTIFIED DESTRUCTION SUPPLY CHAIN SERVICES; CONTACT US @  GearedforGreen – Daniel Schrager, President, GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327 info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com

100 PERCENT RECYCLED PLASTIC RESINS

We may be Green, but when it comes to your Sustainable Plastic Resins… We’ll help you achieve whatever color you want! Learn about our ONE HUNDRED % RECYCLED resin programs, strategies to increase recycled plastic resin usage and WHY, our on-site technical support and 24/7 plastics lab services, “designing out” plastic usage to make your products using less material, closing your plastics loop through circular sustainability, implementing toll reuse for plastic waste generated in your manufacturing operations, end of use plastics recycling for your products used in the market, and more.

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When it comes to sustainable plastics initiatives, there are many risks to deal with, from long term repeatable supply of sustainable plastic raw materials – to – consistent long term recycling markets for your own plastic scrap. Starting-stopping-pivoting is challenging. A connected, collaborative and transparent eco supply chain will help mitigate risk so you don’t have to.

Here are some suggestions to help you De-risk.

WHEN IT COMES TO DE-RISKING YOUR RECYCLED PLASTIC RAW MATERIAL SUPPLY CHAIN, WE RECOMMEND DIGGING A LITTLE DEEPER FOCUSING ON THESE (3) STRATEGIES

1. Go Direct to De-risk Raw Material Resin Quality & Repeatability

Some resin suppliers are actual resin producers themselves, others are agencies / distributors, each providing unique expertise and resources. Since recycled plastic resins have more challenging quality nuances versus prime resins, it’s important to keep a close watch on repeatable quality. Raw material quality can impact the integrity of your product and more so, the value of your brand. So when it comes to De-risking your Sustainable plastic raw material quality, we highly recommend working direct with your resin producers. It’s more than price per pound! A direct relationship enables you to form close “technical relationships” between resin producer-resin user with mutual site visits and continual improvement processes. You should visit every facility making your recycled plastic resins to see their operations, on site lab, quality control testing regiment, inventory capability, and to meet the floor team first hand. And you should require your resin supplier to also visit your manufacturing operations too, to better understand your products, equipment, internal logistics, and team. Remember.. when using recycled plastic resins, technical relationships really matter! The more your resin producer knows about your specific product, your equipment, your process, your floor personnel.. the better you can both formulate solutions that help lower your total cost of manufacturing and maximize performance.

2. Dig Deeper to trace your Ingredients. That’ll further De-risk Raw Material Quality & Availability

When it comes to using sustainable recycled plastic resins, it’s important to not only know the ingredients used to make your recycled resins, you should also know the entire supply chain used to make your recycled plastic resins. A transparent connected eco supply chain will help De-risk your sustainable raw material supply. Important Questions you should ask your resin supplier… Does the plastic scrap come from consumer or industrial sources? Have you seen the actual plastic scrap prior to recycling, that’s used to make your resins? What contaminates are found in the scrap supply? Is the raw material certified and trackable through the supply chain? Has the carbon footprint been measured to confirm how sustainable the resin actually is? Does it come from one source that may not be reliable long term, from constantly changing sources, or from many sources that are diversified? What if that one source dries up? Is the raw material source dependable long term? What is the relationship between your resin supplier and their sources of plastic scrap? These are among the important questions you need to answer about your resin supplier and their plastic scrap supply chain in order to De-risk your raw material sourcing initiatives.

3. Implement Indexed Pricing to De-risk Price Volatility and Lock-in Relationships

Maintaining long term consistent raw material plastic resin supply is important to both manufacturers and suppliers. However, that gets challenging as market prices fluctuate over time. Establishing a Price Index model that sets prices up and down over market fluctuations can be a great tool to De-risk price volatility. Plastic Resin Manufacturers that buy resins can establish pricing based on indexes such as CMAI. This approach De-risks price fluctuation in case your raw material supplier disproportionately increases pricing? When the supply chain Indexes Together, including the actual sources of plastic scrap… even better!

WHEN IT COMES TO DE-RISKING YOUR PLASTIC RECYCLING INITIATIVES, YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE LONG TERM SECURE MARKETS FOR THE PLASTIC SCRAP THAT MEET YOUR UNIQUE REQUIREMENTS. WE RECOMMEND YOU FOCUS ON THESE (3) STRATEGIES TO DE-RISK YOUR PLASTIC RECYCLING EFFORTS

1. Diversify & Deepen your customer base to De-risk against long term Market bubbles

For those investing money in the stock market, it’s generally a good practice to diversify your portfolio. Same holds true when developing markets for your plastic scrap. By design, it’s a very good idea to have multiple customers supplying into multiple industry sectors, thus diversifying and De-risking your markets. Anyone who’s been involved in plastic recycling for long periods of time knows… plastic scrap markets change, shift, even dry up entirely. Look what recently happened to the China market! Starting a large scale plastic recycling program is hard enough. The last thing you want to worry about is not having available markets to sell the plastic scrap you collect. De-risking against market reliability can be achieved in a couple of ways.

You can develop multiple diversified customers in different markets to buy your scrap, however juggling like that can have its own challenges.

Or you can connect in circular eco supply chains that are transparent and connected by design. Circular eco supply chains are generally Open Loop. In an open loop eco supply chain you sell or supply your plastic scrap to processors within the eco supply chain, the processor converts your plastic scrap into sustainable recycled plastic resin made to each of their customer’s specifications, and the processor sells-supplies their recycled plastic resins to multiple end use manufacturers all within the eco supply chain network. This approach enables companies on both sides to diversify, collaborate on technologies and innovations, gain efficiencies together, and even share reporting through the supply chain. This approach connects sustainability from waste-to-recycle-to-reuse. Participating in an open loop circular supply chain helps diversify markets for your plastic scrap, deepens resources and knowledge, and De-risks everyone involved.

2. Certified Destruction road mapping should be implemented to De-risk against Brand Protection

Regardless of your sustainability goals, for many brands.. ensuring absolute 100% certified destruction, prior to disposal or congruent with recycling, is and should be absolutely essential! Whether it’s your logo on plastic packaging, plastic films and bags, or on overstock or defect merchandise, if your brand and logo is printed on it, the last thing you can afford is to have it front & center in a landfill, or strewn on a street, or washed up on a beach. In a day when your brand is one social media click away from a fire storm, ensuring certified destruction should be a necessary component of your sustainability plan. In order to effectively De-risk against brand protection issues related to waste and recycling, a proper certified destruction program should require a written documented road map diagramming the exact locations and destruction process, transportation, handling and processing of your products, including photo/video back up, a confidentiality agreement, and certified destruction documents signed by all vendors involved in your destruction supply chain. Everyone involved needs to value the importance of protecting your brand, with everyone rowing in the same direction.

3. Toll Reuse Closed Loop Recycling Programs help maintain the value of your plastic scrap & De-risk against Market Volatility

While many plastics manufacturers internally reuse much of their own plastic waste back into their own products, due to contamination issues, many others can’t. That’s partially why 90% of all plastics today wind up in landfills or worse! In many cases plastic products and packaging are printed or coated or multi layered, making internal Closed Loop recycling nearly impossible and making Open Loop markets extremely challenging to0. Knowing how costly it was buying your prime virgin plastic resins at the start, having to landfill these kinds of plastic waste materials isn’t just environmentally costly… its economically costly too. At 3%-8% manufacturing waste + disposal cost, whether it’s PET, PP, PS, PE, or other plastic materials, that adds up big time! To De-risk against costly landfilling of challenging plastic waste materials, we recommend connecting in more “specialized eco supply chains” that utilize specialized custom developed niche equipment, recycling technologies, and that offer back up alternative Open Loop markets in case Close Loop isn’t a sole option. We develop these programs for clients all the time. Using specialized technologies to remove challenging contamination enables you to more effectively reuse your own plastic waste back into your own products, preserving value and ensuring maximum sustainability. As example, if your generating PET or PP printed coated packaging scrap and can’t reuse your own scrap, you can utilize specialty processors that can remove the print and coatings off your PET & PP and return back these materials in clear near virgin quality, ready to be reused Closed Loop.

FOR FURTHER GUIDANCE & RESOURCES TO DE-RISK YOUR PLASTICS SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES, PLEASE CONTACT US AT: GearedforGreen – Daniel Schrager, President, GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327 info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com

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That’s the essence of an eco supply chain. Connecting innovative companies throughout the supply chain sharing common purpose; to operate more sustainably utilizing either equipment, technologies, products, or services that bring solutions to help achieve greater sustainability together.

If you are in need of market development representation to expand your reach here in North America, consider connecting in an eco supply chain.

Contact Daniel Schrager, President at GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327 info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com
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It’s an exciting time to be in the Plastics Recycling Equipment Business. For innovative equipment dealers and process developers, there’s more opportunity than ever…if you are willing to grow outside of the box.

Today’s plastics sustainability climate is ripe with innovation. Along with growing pressure from environmental organizations and within our plastics industry itself, there are mounting initiatives all across North America driving plastics recycling growth.

Eco supply chains are connecting Brands and Plastics Manufacturers with Waste Collectors, Plastic Recycling firms and Sustainable Raw Material suppliers, to create transparent connected Closed Loop supply chains. It isnt a passing fad. Circular Supply Chains are increasingly becoming the norm across our plastics industry and in many other industry sectors globally. Companies are working collaboratively across the supply chain to their own benefit but this collaboration is also driving growth, profitability, and innovation that benefits our entire plastics industry.

Eco supply chains are also creating significant opportunities for new and used equipment dealers that know where to find used equipment and have access and expertise in plastics recycling equipment, especially used recycling equipment. There is tremendous value having used plastic recycling equipment expetise!

Traditionally dealers buy and sell used plastic recycling equipment, and benefit on the profit margins they earn on (one time sales). The more one time sales they produce, the more annual revenue created.

Today dealers are also connecting in eco supply chains and leveraging their expertise and resources to create (ongoing long term revenue).

As example, an innovative growing plastic recycling firm developed proprietary technologies to recycle challenging “hard to recycle” plastic waste. They plan to scale their business to 100 million pounds annual plastic recycling. This innovation offers substantial growth opportunity! The innovative plastic recycling firm already owns and has the core equipment and technology in operation, however in order to scale to 100m, they need to add ancillary equipment over time such as grinders, shredders, metal separation, conveyors, wash tanks, silos, etc. This used equipment is out there and available in the market, often sitting idle or in inventory, and equipment dealers have the expertise to get it.

The challenge.. How does innovative plastic recycling firm add this ancillary equipment and at the same time manage their financial resources when they are starting out?

The answer.. Connecting in an eco supply chain whereby used equipment dealers provide the ancillary equipment “in partnership” with innovative plastic recycling firms and share the revenue of the business together.

This eco supply chain approach benefits everyone in the supply chain. Used equipment doesn’t sit idle waiting for a sale. Dealers leverage their expertise and resources for a piece of the action. Innovative plastics recycling firms gain access to much needed ancillary equipment without having to put up money. Equipment dealers earn ongoing revenue beyond the value of the used equipment. By connecting in an eco supply chain, equipment dealers and innovative plastic recycling firms (de-risk) together. Partners in an eco supply chain share revenue. Plastic recycling rates climb.

To learn more about how you can leverage your used equipment resources and expertise and develop long term revenue connecting in an eco supply chain, contact #GearedforGreen.

By Daniel Schrager, President at GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327 info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com
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Plastic Manufacturer (Alpha) generates a difficult to recycle plastic scrap material, yet wants to increase Plastic Recycling & decrease Plastic Disposal. Why? Because they care about our environment and they care about their economic bottom line.

(Alpha) makes pet or polypropylene or some other grade of plastic sheet or film that’s challenging to recycle because it’s either heavily printed, colored, coated, or laminated with polyethylene or nylon or PVDC or some other surface contaminant.

Alpha wants to recycle their industrial plastic scrap however… because their scrap is challenging to recycle or reuse, the value of the scrap is low and/or there are limited, fluctuating, unreliable recycling markets.

(Alpha) connects in a gearedforgreen eco supply chain, which connects (Alpha) with Innovative Recycling & Technology Company (Bravo )and with a strong Plastic Manufacturer (Foxtrot) that purchases Recycled Grade Plastic Resins. All 3 companies are now connected together.

1st benefit of an eco supply chain is technology-innovation. Utilizing patented proprietary plastic decoating technologies, (Bravo) is able to remove all the surface coatings off the plastic sheet and films, including laminates, heavy inks, coatings, etc., bringing the plastic scrap back to its original virgin clear or white quality without causing any heat history or degradation, providing a cost effective way to transform this plastic scrap from “challenging to recycle plastic scrap” to “reliable high quality plastic resin”.

2nd benefit of an eco supply chain is connected transparency for recycle grade plastic scrap. For many major brands…making their plastic products and packaging more sustainable is a top priority and increasing their use of recycled sustainable plastic raw materials and reducing their dependence on virgin plastic raw materials made from natural gas and petroleum is a very important part. (Foxtrot) switches from virgin to sustainable recycled raw material by connecting in our gearedforgreen eco supply chain to ensure a consistent reliable repeatable quality, ongoing raw material availability, and to have full open access and transparency throughout the supply chain, from the origin source (Alpha) where their plastic raw material originated from, straight through to the technologies and cost per pound to create their sustainable raw material at (Bravo). In a time when “consumers care & communicate”, connecting a supply chain Alpha-Foxtrot-Bravo helps ensure long term sustainability.

3rd benefit of an eco supply chain is the connection itself, and the reliability and consistency of material, quality, and price that a connected eco supply chain provides. Everyone in manufacturing knows.. consistency and repeatability at scale is essential. By connecting in an open transparent eco supply chain, (Alpha supplier) is connected to (Bravo technology-converter) and connected to (Foxtrot resin customer) together. This connection through the eco supply chain creates beneficial eco partnerships.

* Eco Partnership Benefit #1. Sustainable Raw material streams can be “contracted” which creates long term market stability for suppliers, consistent feedstock for converters, and reliable raw material supply for customers. It’s also easier to invest capital in sustainability initiatives when you can rely on long term consistency.

* Eco Partnership Benefit #2. Manufacturers using recycled sustainable plastic resins can be assured of consistent repeatable quality since the raw material supply, recycling process, lab and specifications all remain consistent.

* Eco Partnership Benefit #3. Raw material pricing can be indexed which creates long term stability and economic fairness throughout the eco supply chain as resin markets fluctuate up and down. Indexed pricing can be very impactful in establishing long term eco partnerships that ensure fair prices for raw material plastic scrap suppliers, converter fees, and end use customers, as resin prices adjust up & down overtime.

To learn more about gearedforgreen eco supply chains and how they can help enhance your plastics sustainability initiatives, please contact us at info@gearedforgreen.com

By Daniel Schrager, President at GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327 info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com

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When it comes to Plastic Packaging and Sustainability … are you leading fearlessly?

Successful businesses and business leaders most often achieve their greatest success by leading fearlessly. That’s what’s required if we are to achieve Plastic Packaging Sustainability!

Well-known packaging makers like Bemis, Pactiv, Berry, Dart, Sonoco and others are recognized as leaders in our plastics packaging industry but.. there are many innovative companies all throughout the supply chain from raw material, extrusion, thermoform, etc., that lead fearlessly making significant sustainable impact.

Many businesses in the plastic packaging space are involved in a variety of important sustainability initiatives that are helping to reduce our industries impact on our environment. Generally our plastics industry has lots to be excited about and thankful for!

But… If Plastics leaders intend to “Win The Sustainability Game”, they need more than the current efforts that solve “this problem” and “that problem”. They need to set one huge goal, a goal that’s inherent in their category, that solves a fundamental problem they and their industry competitors all share together, that once solved creates a whole new storyline for our industry, a new industry model everyone can follow, so when they solve it, they can achieve Dramatic Waste Enhancement, New Revenue, and Set their Brand apart in Circular Sustainability conversation.

If you’ve seen the sustainability statements from your favorite companies’ websites lately and checked out their goals and targets, you’ll notice they are all generally about the same. example – By 2020, reduce primary energy by 20%, greenhouse gas emissions by 50%, waste to landfill by 70%, water by 35%, 100% of products Cradle to Cradle Certified™.

All good goals but they will not make enough change in our plastics industry. We need to “design-out” plastic packaging waste!

At GearedforGreen, we help companies throughout the plastic industry to implement circular sustainability and connect innovation with eco supply chains to solve problems together that gain market advantages for our clients.

While there are many pieces of the plastics sustainability puzzle… the biggest piece of all is plastic packaging waste, helping tip plastics disposal rates above 90% in North America. Solving the Plastic Packaging Waste Problem represents the biggest Challenge in our plastics industry and the biggest Opportunity to Win!

As part of our sustainability initiatives at GearedforGreen, we help plastic packaging manufacturers and industry using plastic packaging to recycle their most challenging packaging waste materials. We focus on technology and circular supply chains.

Plastic Packaging that’s coated, layered, laminated, printed, colorized, metalized, etc., are especially challenging to recycle and much of this material, bazillions of pounds, are either unrecyclable, unmarketable, or uneconomically reusable, especially now that China has stopped accepting our plastic waste. The result for manufacturers is increased cost, lost revenue, and increased landfilling.

PET or BOPP or PS sheet laminated with Polyethylene or PVDC, Layered, metallic coated, nylon coated, covered in 75% color & print. These are just a few of the variations and challenges plastic packaging companies deal with that reduce value and prohibit recycling.

Yet the core polymers (thermoplastic) used to make these plastic packaging materials including polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, etc., are intrinsically valuable, recyclable, and reusable as new raw materials again.. if these surface coatings on plastic packaging were cost effectively removed.

The good news.. now they are!

THE CHALLENGE TO SOLVE THE COATED PLASTIC PACKAGING CONUNDRUM AND TREAT PLASTIC PACKAGING WASTE NOT AS SCRAP BUT AS FUTURE RAW MATERIAL, PRESENTS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR PLASTIC PACKAGING LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN TO LEAD FEARLESSLY.

TECHNOLOGY IS ONE PART OF THE EQUATION

To solve the technology issue, GearedforGreen Sustainable Supply Chain uses patented proprietary plastic de-coating technology that enables us to cost effectively remove almost all surface coatings from plastic packaging materials, bringing the materials back to their original clear and white origin, surface coatings removed, without causing additional heat history or polymer degradation. We provide plastic de-coating services including FDA compliancy, on a direct toll basis or circular toll basis connecting clients, receiving millions of pounds of coated challenging plastic packaging materials and returning back these plastics as clean clear raw material, now perfectly suitable to be reused back as sustainable raw material. Our goal is to partner with industry to scale our technologies and increase plastic packaging recycling & reuse throughout North America and globally.

A CONNECTED ECO SUPPLY CHAIN IS THE 2nd PART OF THE EQUATION

Individually we can make valuable strides toward a more sustainable plastics industry but … when we join and connect our efforts together along with our supply chain partners, we increase innovation and reduce cost exponentially. We see a plastics industry connected – with plastic raw material suppliers partnering up circularly and transparently with sheet extruders, thermoformers, packaging manufacturers, and recycling technology providers, all working connected, not only recycling plastic packaging waste but treating it as a valuable raw material stream…

For those individuals and businesses involved in Plastics Packaging, we welcome your collaboration to lead fearlessly and help Make Plastic Packaging Sustainable Together.

By Daniel Schrager, President at GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327 info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com
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WE ALL KNOW DOING GOOD MAKES US FEELS GOOD. SO IN 2018 LETS ALL DOUBLE OUR EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE “ZERO PLASTICS WASTE” AND SHOW IT… SO WE CAN ALL FEEL GOOD!

Among our GearedforGreen missions is helping clients make and use plastic products more sustainably from inside-out, and show them ways to leverage their sustainability in their markets to build more sustainable purposeful brands, to educate stakeholders, and to share the “feel good” with their employees, customers & supply chain partners. Showing your sustainability matters!

In 2017 our clients made great internal sustainable strides! Some achieving zero plastic waste in their operations ♻ others achieving 100% use of recycled plastic resins as replacements instead of prime virgin materials in their products ♻. This year we had clients participate in new “Social Partnerships” using ocean collected plastic resins in their products ♻ and we had clients optimize & reuse their plastics packaging materials to use less raw material and recover what they wasted. ♻ In 2017 we had clients and supply chain partners connect in closed Loop plastic recycling programs and in GearedforGreen Toll Reuse circular supply chains to reuse their own plastic waste materials back into their own products. ♻ This year our clients implemented end-of-use take-back programs to re-collect, recycle, and repurpose their own plastics products after use in the market, and many of our clients started using sustainable American made industrial products and corporate branded eco apparel and uniforms for their own everyday operations.

Looking back .. In 2017 our clients made a difference!

We hear from clients all the time, how sustainability has added a common purpose & pride shared between their employees and helped strengthen their corporate culture.

People feel good doing good!

We cannot say it enough… “There is a significant difference between internal sustainability in our products, packaging, and operations, versus external sustainability that touches, teaches & inspires our customers and employees”. You can’t preach external sustainability without doing the work internally, but … external sustainability matters a lot if you want to educate & inspire employees and customers and build a more socially purposeful brand.

“We must never underestimate the importance of inspiration”
To help make sustainability more impactful for our clients, to help move the needle with respect to top line revenue and brand value, we focus on helping clients implement programs that share our clients sustainability stories with those that matter most to them, to connect their sustainability efforts from inside-out. “Sharing our Sustainability isn’t about self-promotion… it’s about connecting and creating bonds with people that care and matter”.

It’s been well documented by industry leading brands including Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, and many others … that Communicating your Sustainability helps build stronger bonds between businesses, brands, supply chain partners, and customers, and has a positive impact on sales and revenue.

So in 2018 let’s all double efforts together to connect sustainability from inside-out and SHARE THE ❤♻

By Daniel Schrager, President at GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327, info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com

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Some see the China plastics ban as a huge problem, others see it more as a long term opportunity. We see the proverbial pet bottle as 1/2 full.

1st came the Green Fence… a warning shot. Now the National Sword. Both cool names btw… kudos to China. The China policies (limiting) imports of plastic scrap materials is having a profound change to the plastics recycling eco system here in the USA and around the world. The question is equally WHY and WHAT NOW?

WHY? – We’ve all heard lots of complaints, confusion, and disagreement to the new China National Sword policy, some related to short notice of these new scrap import restrictions, others related to lack of clarity about what recyclables are banned or allowed and for how long. Truth be told, we all saw it coming or should have because it was kind of … “Wild West”.

Irrespective of the impacts the “Sword” is having on our scrap and recycling markets here in the USA, it seems clear the Chinese government is concerned that (garbage) is being willfully sent to their country disguised as recyclables. An official of the Ministry of Environmental Protection told the press in July that “the problem of foreign garbage is loathed by everyone in China.” And the press reports also indicate that a recent documentary, PLASTIC CHINA, alleging the health and environmental harms of imported plastics for recycling, spurred Chinese officials to take action.

SO WHAT NOW ?- The world is very much a connected marketplace and still represents enormous opportunity to trade recyclables and sustainables on a global basis, but what we trade .. where we trade.. how we trade .. are changing along with population growth and environmental issues. More people = more consumption = more products = more waste.

America for the most part has maintained status quo continuing to make products with poor end of use options and exporting much of our plastic waste around the world thinking cheaper labor is a solution. It isn’t. Today 90% + of all plastic products used in the USA find their way to landfills or worse, oceans, beaches, etc. Obviously we haven’t yet implemented a strong solution.

It’s important (we) see the forest through the trees, and adapt. When we say (we) we mean product and packaging manufacturers, and consumer brands, retailers, and consumers, along with solid waste, recycling, and raw material professionals.

Everyone in the USA supply chain involved in making, selling, using, and recycling plastic products have good reason to be concerned. China imports about 30 percent of the plastic waste collected for recycling in America. When China stops buying plastic scrap from America and across the world, it creates a glut here in the USA and as supply-demand dictates, commodity prices drop, leading to reduced recycling rates, increased landfill disposal, and more companies leaving the industry because they can’t make money.

The China National Sword policy is no doubt a problem today… but the important discussion we need to have is … what effect will it have long term and will it ultimately drive innovation, investment, and sustainable manufacturing here in the USA ?

THE PROBLEM ISN’T JUST A USA PLASTICS RECYCLING PROBLEM… IT’S A USA INDUSTRY SUPPLY CHAIN PROBLEM!

It impacts us all up & down the supply chain, including plastic products and packaging manufacturers that create all the plastic products that are causing all this waste, major brands using plastics to make & package their products, retailers selling all this stuff, and consumers buying all this stuff. It also includes the solid waste management, recycling, and raw material companies that collect and recycle plastic waste after it is all used and that supply sustainable or non sustainable raw material to make plastic products.

We are all part of the circular economy (the eco supply chain) and we are all part of the circular solution! We ourselves have the ability to solve the problem of plastic waste … if we work together!

For those interested in going circular to collaborate to find better ways to make plastic products & packaging more sustainably and to take better responsibility together for these products at end of use, we’d ❤ to talk and find ways to collaborate together.

By Daniel Schrager, President at GearedforGreen 888-398 (GEAR) 4327, info@gearedforgreen.com, www.gearedforgreen.com