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Mike Tolinski is the author of Plastics and Sustainability, published in Oct. 2011 by Wiley-Scrivener, and he is Contributing Editor for Plastics Engineering magazine from the Society of Plastics Engineers in the USA. His views have been shaped by his engineering, university, and journalism experience in the plastics and manufacturing industries over the past 21 years.


Very “bio” polymers with packaging potential

Has been published Monday, February 11, 2013

An “alphabet soup” of less-familiar biopolymer materials with packaging uses is being heavily studied around the world, according to articles in the new Journal of Renewable Materials and recent entries in the JRM’s... find more
Categories: sustainable plastics,   Tags: pla, pha, biopolymers,   Author: Mike Tolinski

Quantify process energy use before you cut it

Has been published Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Minimizing processing energy is fundamental when making plastic products, and in other manufacturing sectors – and there are various ways for aiding your understanding on where e-efficiency improvements can be made. A few recent... find more

Extended Producer Responsibility: Sharing the Load, Part 2

Has been published Thursday, October 25, 2012

In last week’s “Part 1” about Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), I reviewed the concept and some recent news that’s relevant to plastic packaging. Industry groups and some companies are struggling to come... find more

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): Sharing the Load, Part 1

Has been published Friday, October 19, 2012

If plastic packaging becomes more “sustainable” in terms of recycling and bio-based production, it may be inevitable that some new legal or self-imposed burdens will need to be put upon the producers (and users) of packaging.... find more

“But is it recycling?” – part 2

Has been published Friday, September 28, 2012

My last posting gave an overview of thermal pyrolysis-type waste-to-fuel technology for recycling, reusing, downcycling (however you wish to define it) otherwise unrecyclable plastic waste. A few related presentations at the September... find more
Categories: waste to energy,   Tags: waste-to-fuel,   Author: Mike Tolinski

“But is it recycling?”

Has been published Thursday, September 20, 2012

This was the rhetorical question considered last Monday by Gene Jones, organizer of the annual Waste-to-Fuels Conference & Trade Show held earlier this week in Connecticut, USA. Jones referred to the fact that some conference attendees... find more
Categories: waste to energy, recycling,   Tags: waste-to-fuel, recycling,   Author: Mike Tolinski

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