Because I approach this blog as a form of non-traditional education, I follow the industry closely through twitter, linkedin and other social networking outlets. When I come across a question, I search the web, scientific journals and printed literature for answers.
Tonight I want to share some of the sites I have used as resources in my quest for understanding of sustainability, greener plastics and current issues. This is only a partial list of the many sites I could recommend (and will write up in a future post). Please feel free to add sites that I have not included in the comments.
Green-Plastics.net – This site was created by the son of the man who wrote the book on Green Plastics. I’m not sure how involved E.S. Stevens is still involved in the site, but I trust everything posted on Green-plastics.net as being gospel. I have actually written posts about how much I appreciated what was written on their site. A must read resource.
Greenplastics.com – A wiki created as an accompaniment to the book mentioned above. The sister site of green-plastics.net.
Greener Package – One night I was frustrated because the environmental blogs I was following didn’t have any industry input. Most were from the armchair critic that did not understand the full scope of environmental, financial and regulatory impact of making packaging choices.
Greener Package has a wealth of information, especially in the forums. Many of the active members work in the biopolymers or packaging industries and they will have very intelligent debates about everything from recyclability, biodegradation, current waste management infrastructure etc.
Greeneon – I recently found this website when browsing people in the biodegradable plastics group on LinkedIn. It is run by current and former Graduate Students at my current grad school, University of Massachusetts -Lowell. The focus of their site is biodegradable plastics.
Our interest is to share more and more knowlege of biodegradable plastics around the world and explore novel applications out of a variety of biodegradable plastics that are derived from natural as well as conventional petroleum based resources. We strongly believe that the use of “Green Plastics” would benefit the society and help in contributing towards a green revolution.
Green Packaging Woman – A relatively new blog focused on women in the packaging industry. Some of the posts are also focused on products made from recycled materials.
Sustainable Plastics? – The site for a project of the Institute for Local Self Reliance. Addresses sustainable plastics and their lifecycle as well as issues with currently available traditional plastics.
Society of Plastics Engineers – Pretty self explanatory.