Kickstart: More focus on marine plastics, this time in the Great Lakes

Plastics News readers have seen a lot of coverage in our pages about marine pollution, both in oceans and inland lakes.When our sister publications Crain’s Chicago Business and Crain’s Detroit Business told PN that they were working on a special project looking at issues related to microplastics in the Great Lakes, we provided them with some background and contacts.There are no big surprises in their report for readers familiar with discussions in the plastics industry. (You can for yourself.) But what I think plastics executives can take away from their coverage is an idea of just what the general business community is thinking about plastics and sustainability. Discussions related to pollution and what corporations are doing in response to those issues have moved from a small group of environmental activists to people sitting in C suites at companies that have nothing directly to do with plastics.A takeaway from one story in the report, written by Allison Nichols Smith: Everyone from consumer brands to manufacturers to municipalities  in the effort to solve the environmental crisis.”None of us are perfect,” Jonah Smith, global head of environmental social governance for Kraft Heinz, said. “No company is perfect. But let’s all do what we can and play a role.” Myers Industries Inc. has been making a lot of news lately. Just this week, it announced a deal to add to its rotomolding business through the acquisition of .Now it’s a got a new look, too.The company it says will “reflect the company’s ongoing transformation towards its ‘One Myers’ strategic vision and bring a unified architecture designed to leverage the company’s unique position, broad suite of technologies, and deep plastics expertise.”Gone is the red and black capital M logo and in its place a lowercase blue.Under CEO Mike McGaugh, the company has been moving from what had seemed from the outside to be a staid workhorse of a firm with older brands such as Buckhorn and Akro-Mils, to one moving quickly to reestablish itself as a company that is able to adapt to whatever its customers need. The newest Barbie dolls from toymaker Mattel are focusing on women from STEM fields who have been , including the Oxford University professor who is a co-creator of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.Sarah Gilbert said it is a “very strange concept having a Barbie doll created in my likeness.”Other women honored with the new line are: Amy O’Sullivan, a Brooklyn nurse; Las Vegas-based doctor Audrey Cruz; Canadian doctor and writer Chika Stacy Oriuwa; Brazilian biomedical researcher Jacqueline Goes de Jesus; and Australian Kirby White, a doctor who created reusable personal protective gear.”I hope it will be part of making it more normal for girls to think about careers in science,” Gilbert said, “although to be honest, when I was a young girl, I never believed that I wouldn’t have a career in science.” 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 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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