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What's best of all is that three vendors joined forces to make that idea a reality. Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of DowDuPont Materials Science (Midland, MI), through its participation in the Trash Free Seas Alliance and in collaboration with flexible packaging manufacturer Bemis Company, Inc. (Neenah, WI) and Canada-based converter Polykar Inc. (Saint-Laurent, Canada), developed a trash bag made from post-industrial plastic scrap. The bags were used to clean up beaches around the United States during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup on September 16, 2017. Volunteers used the bags to collect an estimated 4 million pounds of trash during the cleanup. Bemis collected post-industrial plastic scrap and sent them to Polykar, which used its plastic recycling machines to combine the reclaimed plastics with Dow’s Retain polymer modifiers technology. Polykar used the recycled plastic resin to manufacture the bags. The recycled trash bags open a path for previously difficult-to-recycle packaging formats to enter the recycling stream. “We’ve taken on the challenge with Bemis and Polykar, alongside the Trash Free Seas Alliance, to increase post-industrial recycling and extend sustainable industrial practices to address a worldwi...