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Production-run pellets made partially from plastic ocean litter became a reality

March 06/2012

(plasticsnews) -- Production-run pellets made partially from plastic ocean litter have become a reality, thanks to 18 months of cooperation between packaging brand designer Method and recycler Envision Plastics Industries LLC.

The first batch of pellets streamed off the production line at Envisions Chino plant around noon March 1.

Executives from both companies beamed with pride and excitement, and captured the technology breakthrough, snapping pictures and video. They then watched as the otherwise unassuming black pellets were loaded into 1,200-pound boxes, ready to be molded into a Method-designed container that will hit a major grocery chain this fall.

"We did a couple of fist pumps," smiled Adam Lowry, co-founder, CEO and chief groundskeeper of the San Francisco-based Method, whose packages are made from 100 percent recycled materials.

Lowry declined to name the product that will be made from the ocean scrap, but he said that it will be an existing product, in one of the companys "iconic shapes."

Method-brand products include household and personal-care items. The container will be made by a major plastics packaging blow molder. The two companies overcame obstacles to reach this point.
Author:Anna Larionova
Category:General News
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