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Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics partners to make trash bags from recycled plastic scrap

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, via its participation in the Trash Free Seas Alliance, and in partnership with Bemis Company and Polykar have developed a trash bag made from post-industrial plastic scrap.

The new trash bags will be utilized to clear the wastage found in the beaches across the US during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup on 16 September 2017.

Flexible packaging manufacturer Bemis has gathered the post-industrial plastic scraps and transferred them to Polykar.

Canada-based converter Polykar has used its plastic recycling machines to mix the reclaimed plastics using Dow’s Retain technology.

The resulted recycled plastic resin has been used to fabricate the trash bags which will be used to collect the marine debris thereby bringing down the marine waste to some extent.

The allied companies have released a video related to the manufacturing process of the trash bag.

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics global sustainability director Jeff Wooster said: “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.”

The collaborated companies have provided a report on recognizing the pathways which are leading to the release of plastic wastage into the ocean and also explained the solutions to treat the plastic waste before it gets disposed into the ocean.

Ocean Conservancy executive vice president Emily Woglom said: “Stopping waste before it ever reaches the ocean through proper waste management practices is key to solving this global problem.”

Dow Packaging is a subsidiary of DowDuPont and provides sustainable solutions for plastics and adhesives markets in the packaging industry.