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PlasticsToday 09/10/2019 17:07
Women have unofficially engaged in military combat for centuries—you might remember Molly Pitcher’s contribution during the Revolutionary War from your U.S. history class. But it wasn’t until 2013 that the United States eliminated the military’s ban on women serving in combat. The little green army men did not get the memo, however, and that irked a 6-year-old girl in Arkansas. Sculpted models for BMC Toys' Plastic Army Women line. Vivian wrote a letter, asking, “Why do you not make girl army men? My friend’s mom is in the army, too! I would play with them every day, and my friends would, too.” Vivian, or rather her mom, sent the letter to a handful of toymakers, one of which was Jeff Imel, who runs BMC Toys in Scranton, PA. The company is
PlasticsToday 08/23/2019 13:13
Poor waste-management infrastructure is a major contributor to global plastic waste in the environment, particularly in countries such as China, Malaysia and Indonesia, which have announced they will no longer accept plastic waste imports. Additionally, rising costs are forcing some municipalities in the United States to suspend recycling programs. For example, New Orleans notified residents in May of this year that it will suspend recycling of #3 to #7 plastics and accept only #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE). In Maine, Auburn is “mulling” whether to temporarily suspend its curbside recycling program due to rising costs. Missouri’s Perry County entirely suspended its curbside recycling program because of rising costs. Just last week, the small city
PlasticsToday 07/29/2019 13:40
Children in Côte d’Ivoire soon will benefit from new educational opportunities, and they have plastic waste to thank. There is a severe shortage of classrooms in the country, with some kindergartens packing in as many as 100 pupils. Conceptos Plasticos, a company based in Mosquera, Colombia, that recycles used plastics into alternative construction materials, has partnered with Unicef to collect plastic waste in the West African country and turn it into modular plastic bricks to build classrooms. A school built of plastic bricks in Sakassou, a village in the center of Côte d'Ivoire. Image courtesy Unicef/Frank Dejongh. Conceptos Plasticos has broken ground on a first-of-its-kind factory to produce the plastic bricks in Côte d'Ivoire. Plasti.

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