“As the largest provider of plastics in the packaging industry, Dow is a global advocate for resource recovery technologies,” says Jeff Wooster, global sustainability director for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. “We’ve taken on the challenge with Bemis and Polykar, alongside the Trash Free Seas Alliance®, to increase post-industrial recycling and extend sustainable industrial practices to address a worldwide problem. We know that if we work together, we can find a way to recover plastic waste and use it to make an even a bigger impact on reducing marine debris.”
The recycled trash bags are opening doors for new, previously difficult-to-recycle packaging formats to enter the recycling stream. To create the trash bags, Bemis collected the post-industrial plastic scraps and sent them to Polykar, which used its plastic recycling machines to combine the reclaimed plastics with Dow’s RETAIN™ technology. The resulting material is a recycled plastic resin, which Polykar used to manufacture the bags.
Dow and the other collaborators released a video detailing the process to manufacture trash bags, and reinforce their longstanding commitment to reducing marine debris.
Dow is a founding member of The Trash Free Seas Alliance®, a global initiative led by the Ocean Conservancy, which unites industry, science and conservation leaders committed to identifying the causes and developing land-based solutions to prevent waste from entering the ocean seas. The coalition issued a report identifying the major pathways of plastic leakage into the ocean and solutions to properly concentrate and treat the plastic waste before it makes its way into the ocean.
“It’s an exciting step forward to be able to use recycled materials to collect and properly dispose of marine debris,” adds Emily Woglom, exec vp-Ocean Conservancy. “This work is just one example of the type of concrete solutions that we have identified and worked towards with our partners in the Trash Free Seas Alliance. Stopping waste before it ever reaches the ocean through proper waste management practices is key to solving this global problem.”
More info about The Trash Free Seas Alliance®: www.TrashFreeSeas.org