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Economics spurring many plastics industry sectors to go green

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 5, 1:20 p.m. ET) -- Environmental issues may still have the old connotations of the “tree hugger” niche customer base, but they will become more and more of an economic driver for the plastics industry in the coming years, plastics companies say.

Blow molders already are seeing increased demand for recycled content and lighterweight

plastic bottles, and companies such as consumer giant Procter & Gamble Co. are

providing markets for the use of bio-based resins.

And molders investing in energy-control devices in their shops — often with help from

government funds — are able to bring their costs down.


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