Tag Archives: Sustainability

Our tiny house hits the road with a big message on energy efficiency

Last year our Plastics Make it Possible® campaign built a tiny house to demonstrate the role plastic building materials play in increasing energy efficiency. We unveiled the house at the California Science Center in LA, where more than 25,000 visitors saw it firsthand. This year, we decided to take a road trip and took the […]

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Plastics reduce environmental cost by nearly four times compared to alternative materials

The results of a new study  are disrupting “conventional wisdom” about the sustainability of plastics. The study, conducted by Trucost, found that the environmental costs of using plastics in packaging and consumer goods is nearly four times less than they would be if plastics were replaced with alternative materials. While the environmental costs to produce […]

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Sustainable construction starts with an efficient building envelope

Constructing energy-efficient homes and buildings has become standard practice across the Southeast, benefiting both the environment and consumers. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy consumption, an energy-efficient home can reduce families’ utility bills and improve indoor comfort. Delivering this performance begins with an efficient building envelope. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation […]

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EE Global 2016: Remarkable gains, significant potential for energy efficiency

The Alliance to Save Energy’s 9th annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (#EEGlobal), held May 11-12, showcased the many ways energy efficiency drives productivity and profitability across the economy. Industry professionals, policymakers and members of academia reflected on the significant gains achieved to date and “next steps” for efficiency efforts. In exciting keynotes, Senators Rob Portman […]

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Give the gift that keeps on giving: 9 tips to help you recycle more plastics

Recycling really can be the gift that keeps on giving. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling can help conserve natural resources, reduce waste, prevent pollution, save energy, create jobs—and sustain the environment for future generations. As people around the world prepare to make good on their plans to eat, drink and be merry […]

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12 days of giving? How about 12 ways of living…energy efficiently, that is!

This winter, innovations in building products made from plastics are lending a helping hand to homeowners with “more energy efficiency” on their holiday wish list. As many of you know, plastics play a major role in every household and provide benefits that can help us save money, reduce waste and conserve energy. They’ve played a […]

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LiveScience Op-Ed: Plastics recycling continuing to make real progress

Contrary to what you might have seen in the press recently, plastics recycling is continuing to make real progress. Steve Alexander of the Association of Plastics Recyclers, Steve Sikra of the Procter & Gamble Company, and I recently joined forces to set the record straight. A lot of our recent progress can be attributed to collaboration […]

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Polystyrene foam: keeping fall’s favorite flavors hot

This month, many of us will once again order our coffees and teas hot instead of the refreshing iced versions we enjoyed during the summer. As we welcome fall and all of its flavors, polystyrene foam foodservice products will help millions of us keep our favorite pumpkin-spiced or salted caramel lattes, cappuccinos and herbal teas […]

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MacArthur Foundation declares nanotechnologist a Genius

Each year the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation selects between 20 and 40 individuals to receive one of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, which are better known as “genius grants.” The honor is awarded to individuals working in any field, who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work” and are […]

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Sustainable Brands 2015: Evaluating chemicals in products

Heading to Sustainable Brands 2015, where business leaders will gather to share insights on sustainability, including discussions about key ingredients used to make everyday products? Chemistry provides many sustainability benefits to the products people use every day. A number of available tools are used to evaluate the safety of the chemicals in these products. Some of the tools […]

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