Kickstart: Crocs adding more green to its colorful shoes

Crocs may not be your footwear of choice, but the Colorado shoe company with the comfy foam clogs is set on becoming the greenest shoemaker out there by using bio-based material for its shoes starting next year.The proprietary Croslite material used by Crocs will begin using Dow Inc.’s Ecolibrium bio-based plasticizers for shoes hitting the market in early 2022, the companies announced Sept. 14.”By starting with our iconic product, backed by a first-to-market solution, we’re taking a bold step forward to create lower-carbon-footprint footwear while making it inherently simple for our partners and consumers to join us on our journey to net zero,” Crocs CEO Andrew Rees .Crocs said in July it would be a net-zero-carbon company by 2030, and it has also said it will be a 100 percent vegan brand by the end of this year.”We know that consumers are increasingly demanding more sustainable products and paying careful consideration to where their goods come from and how they are made,” said , business president for packaging and specialty plastics at Dow. “So, it’s a very exciting opportunity for Dow to answer this consumer demand in a new way, while supporting the sustainability journey of a well-loved and iconic brand.” The rising number of COVID-19 cases linked to the delta variant, combined with new corporate travel restrictions, have prompted the Plastics Industry Association to move its annual meeting and conference to a virtual event.”While we understand the enthusiasm to return to in-person events, we are also confident that this is both the responsible approach, as well as the only one that will allow us to hold this important event and conduct the association’s essential business,” the Washington-based industry group said in .Earlier, the association had been forced to move the event from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Chicago because of construction at the original planned site. The virtual meeting will still take place Oct. 7-8.However, the shift to a digital meeting has forced a dinner and awards ceremony for the new class of the Plastics Hall of Fame to be moved to May 2022. The specific date and location have not yet been released. Taco Bell isn’t typically the kind of company I think of when it comes to sustainability, but the past few days it has been getting a lot of attention from both mainstream media and social media for its sauce packet recycling program.The company is teaming up with TerraCycle to collect, clean and recycle billions of hot sauce packets.”While the beloved packets provide such promise, they are made of commonly used single-use flexible film materials, which unfortunately leads to 8.2 billion used packets a year ending up in a landfill,” Taco Bell said in its for the program.Taco Bell customers can sign up to participate, collect used packets in a box — the companies prefer you use a box you already have lying around rather than buying something new — print out a mailing label and drop it off at UPS for shipping to a TerraCycle facility. (Although it may take more packets to fill a box than anyone actually has interest in doing.)The restaurant also says it will “reevaluate the rest of our packaging suite,” even as the TerraCycle program begins.While the effort may be new for Taco Bell, TerraCycle has become the company of choice for familiar brand names looking to improve their sustainability. It has it is working with on programs to collect and recycle film and other packaging items.To add to the media buzz for TerraCycle, its Loop refillable packaging program is making headlines in the United Kingdom, where have begun stocking shelves with reusable packaging for pasta, tea, cleaning products, soft drinks and other items.  Do you have an opinion about this story? Do you have some thoughts you’d like to share with our readers? Plastics News would love to hear from you. Email your letter to Editor at Please enter a valid email address.Please enter your email address.Please verify captcha.Please select at least one newsletter to subscribe. Staying current is easy with Plastics News delivered straight to your inbox, free of charge. Subscribe to Plastics News Plastics News covers the business of the global plastics industry. We report news, gather data and deliver timely information that provides our readers with a competitive advantage.Customer Service:

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