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Industry news, events, opinions and articles

The plastics industry is constantly evolving, with conversations regarding impact and sustainability taking center stage on a daily basis. Our goals is to shift the narrative with our sustainable polymer additives and share any news and updates with you.

Article
Article

Trio of Additives Tackles Top Threat to Food Packaging Industry

September 3, 2020

Veg-Fresh Farms and Smart Plastic team up to tackle one of the top threats to the food packaging industry! Enabled by our game-changing additives, Veg-Fresh packaging has never been more powerful.

Smart Question
Smart Question

What Does Bio-Assimilation Mean?

July 9, 2020

Plastic, plastic and more plastic. We all know the consequences of plastic waste entering our landfills and oceans. Let's break down what "bio-assimilation" means and why it's so important.

Smart Question
Smart Question

Smart Question: What is an Isolation Gown?

July 2, 2020

As the first installment in our "Smart Question" series, we take a look at isolation gowns, what's so important about them, and why we're asking the question in the first place.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Announces Partnership with Fairfield on Inspiration Gown™

June 26, 2020

Smart Plastic Technologies is pleased to announce a preferred partnership with Fairfield Processing Corporation to bring to market the Inspiration Gown™, a sustainably designed isolation gown.

Video
Video

The Revolutionary Solution to Single-Use Plastics

May 21, 2020

Ryan Ruskin, CEO of the The Ruskin Group, discusses the need to reduce the impact of single-use plastics with the revolutionary SPTek ECLIPSE™ bio-assimilation additive.

Announcement
Announcement

Bact-Off Uses GARD™ to Protect Customers While Shopping

May 14, 2020

Enabled with SPTek GARD™, the Bact-Off cart handle provides retailers with a sustainable solution that supports a clean and healthy shopping experience.

Product Application
Product Application

Care for the Planet While Protecting Your Employees

May 8, 2020

Infused with our proprietary bio-assimilation additive, the ECLIPSE™ Gown will both protect the wearer and biodegrade the same as paper.

Article
Article

COVID-19 and the Flurry of Plastic Waste

May 5, 2020

"PPE has become an additional threat to the world's oceans, which have been choking under the weight of plastic at a rapidly increasing rate."

Product Application
Product Application

Protecting Fruits, Vegetables and the Environment

May 1, 2020

While protecting and maximizing the shelf life of produce is critical to our food system, we must care for the environment as well.

Product Application
Product Application

Clothing That Continues to Look and Smell Great

April 28, 2020

GARD™ antimicrobial reduces stains and odors caused by bacteria, resulting in clothing that requires fewer washes, feels better and lasts longer.

Product Application
Product Application

Food Service Items That Serve the Planet

April 23, 2020

COVID-19 has significantly impacted our food service industry, resulting in an increase in demand for the items required to support take-out and delivery.

Product Application
Product Application

Mitigate Risk and Maximize Protection with GARD™

April 21, 2020

With the safety and well-being of our healthcare heroes and essential workers at stake, we must use every tool available to protect them.

Product Application
Product Application

Packaging That Keeps Food Safe and Fresh

April 17, 2020

SPTek GARD™ is a multi-purpose, FDA approved antimicrobial product that is highly effective at inhibiting pathogenic contamination in foods and extending shelf-life.

Product Feature
Product Feature

The ECLIPSE™ Straw Delivers on All Fronts

April 15, 2020

While plastic straws have emerged as a symbol for the global plastic crisis, many substitutes come with their own set of health, performance and environmental impacts.

Product Feature
Product Feature

Plastic That Bio-Assimilates Like Paper

April 10, 2020

We have invested extensive time, expense and effort to test and prove that our bio-assimilation technology causes plastic to biodegrade to the same as paper.

Product Feature
Product Feature

GARD™ the Personal Health and Safety of Those That Matter Most

April 8, 2020

Dedicated to the development of advanced antimicrobial technologies for years, we find ourselves in a unique position to respond during this global COVID-19 crisis.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Announces Plans to Build Testing and Production Facilities in Wheeling, Illinois

October 17, 2019

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce their decision to construct a product testing lab plus full production facility in Wheeling, Illinois.

Article
Article

Tiny Turtle Found Dead With 104 Pieces of Plastic in Its Intestines

October 4, 2019

A tiny turtle that washed up dead on a beach in Florida was found to have eaten 104 pieces of plastic, campaigners said.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Technologies Announces Strategic Distribution Agreement With GearedforGreen

October 1, 2019

Smart Plastic is please to announce the signing of a strategic distribution agreement with GearedforGreen.

Article
Article

A Single Tea Bag Can Leak Billions of Pieces of Microplastic Into Your Brew

September 27, 2019

Researchers at McGill University found that a single tea bag releases around 11.6 billion microplastic particles, and 3.1 billion even smaller nanoplastic particles.

Announcement
Announcement

Marubeni Specialty Chemicals Global Distribution Agreement

September 19, 2019

This agreement appoints Marubeni Specialty Chemicals (MSCI) as a global distributor for all of Smart Plastic’s products.

Event
Event

Smart Plastic Exhibiting at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019

September 19, 2019

Smart Plastic announces that it will be exhibiting at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019, a premier event for packaging innovation with over 2,000 exhibitors.

Announcement
Announcement

Jay Tapp Joins Smart Plastic Technologies at New Chicago Area Headquarters

September 19, 2019

Jay Tapp has joined the senior management team at Smart Plastic as Vice President & General Manager.

Announcement
Announcement

Aargus Plastics Announced as a Preferred Partner

September 19, 2019

Aargus Plastics, based in Wheeling, IL, celebrates its 60th year as one of the largest polyethylene bag manufacturers in North America.

Event
Event

Smart Plastic Exhibiting at Global Pouch Forum 2020

September 19, 2019

Smart Plastic Technologies announces that it will exhibit at the Global Pouch Forum. Join us at the GPF to discover global market trends and new applications.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Announces Global Strategic Partnership with Marubeni Specialty Chemicals

September 16, 2019

Smart Plastic announced the signing of a global strategic partnership agreement with Marubeni Specialty Chemicals.

Interview
Interview

Smart Plastic Founder Tim Murtaugh Interviewed by Bloomberg Radio

September 19, 2018

Smart Plastic founder Tim Murtaugh was recently interviewed on a “Bloomberg Market Minute” segment concerning the dilemma with plastic straws.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Will Introduce Fully Biodegradable Plastic Straws at Pack Expo 2018

September 19, 2018

Smart Plastic will once again exhibit their technologies at Pack Expo 2018 in Chicago’s McCormick Place on October 14-17, 2018.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Announces New Oxygen Scavenger Additive

September 19, 2018

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce the release of an oxygen scavenger additive, an FDA approved technology has now been released to the market.

Article
Article

Airport Security Trays Carry More Cold Germs Than Toilets

September 19, 2018

To all the places and surfaces we’ve been warned are teeming with germs or bacteria—your pets, the subway seat, airplane cabins, the A.T.M.—add the airport security tray.

Article
Article

Smart Plastic Cited in Plastics News

August 6, 2018

Smart Plastic says it has developed two products that cause plastic to rapidly degrade in response to businesses seeking alternatives to plastic straws.

Article
Article

They’re Building the Straw of Tomorrow Now That Plastic’s Passe

July 19, 2018

Craig Graffius started EcoGlass Straws 12 years ago with three decades of glass-making experience and his vision for an alternative to the ubiquitous plastic straw.

Article
Article

Smart Plastic Technologies Cited by Chicago Tribune in Plastic Straw Issue

July 19, 2018

A growing movement against plastic straws is playing out in Chicago, and a South Side straw factory urgently seeking an environmentally friendly alternative.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Announces Development of Antimicrobial Sports Bottle With Taico Design

May 24, 2018

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce the completion of the development of an Antimicrobial Sports Bottle designed in cooperation with Taico Design.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Technologies Announces Global Product Trials With Dole Produce

May 24, 2018

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce the commencement of various Smart plastic additive trials with Dole Produce.

Article
Article

The Sustainability Imperative

May 18, 2018

It’s hard to ignore the siren call to protect the planet. Or to remain unmoved by those facing increasingly poor living conditions across the globe.

Article
Article

We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.

May 18, 2018

If plastic had been invented when the Pilgrims sailed from England to North America in the Mayflower, their plastic trash would likely still be around, centuries later.

Article
Article

Report shows a third of consumers prefer sustainable brands

May 1, 2018

A new international study by Unilever reveals that a third of consumers (33%) are now choosing to buy from brands they believe are doing social or environmental good.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Announces Global Product Trials With Coveris

May 1, 2018

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Coveris for the development of a range of additive products designed for global applications.

Article
Article

Americans Told to Toss Romaine Lettuce over E. Coli Fears

April 24, 2018

U.S. health officials told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have and warned restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak.

Article
Article

Your Plastic water bottle could be harbouring more germs than a Dog Bowl

March 27, 2018

While quenching your thirst after pounding the treadmill is a vital part of any workout, it turns out you could actually unwittingly make yourself sick.

Article
Article

Evidence That the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Rapidly Accumulating Plastic

March 27, 2018

Here we characterise and quantify a major ocean plastic accumulation zone formed in subtropical waters between California and Hawaii: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Article
Article

Diver Films Wave of Plastic Pollution on Scale "Never Seen Before"

March 27, 2018

A diver who filmed a huge “slick” of plastic floating in clear waters in Indonesia said he has “never seen anything like this scale” of ocean pollution before.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Introduces New REDUCER™ Product

September 25, 2017

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce the release of their new additive branded as REDUCER™.

Announcement
Announcement

Topco Associates to Increase Business Volume With Smart Plastic

September 25, 2017

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce that Topco has informed the Company’s management team of their decision to substantially increase their volume of business with SPT.

Event
Event

Smart Plastic Announces Pack Expo Attendance

September 13, 2017

Smart Plastics is pleased to announce that they will be attending the Pack Expo. Their booth number is 6842 Lower South Hall.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Announces Caribbean Sales Representation Agreement With Cruzan Creations

September 13, 2017

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce it has reached a multi-location Caribbean sales representation agreement with Cruzan Creations.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Opens Offices in Knoxville, Tennessee

September 9, 2017

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce the opening of the company’s second location in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Opens Sales Operation in 7 Latin American Countries

September 9, 2017

Smart Plastic has completed its strategy to establish sales representation in 7 countries which will provide market exposure throughout Central and South America.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Introduces New Anti-fungal Product

September 1, 2017

Presence of the additive in packaging will increase food shelf life plus allow brands to remove preservatives from the food for a cleaner ingredients label.

Article
Article

Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists

January 24, 2017

From the moment we wake up in the morning and brush our teeth, to when we watch TV at the end of the day, plastic is all around us.

Announcement
Announcement

Smart Plastic Announces Latin American Sales Representation Agreement with Varcomsa

October 16, 2016

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce that it has reached a multi-national sales representation agreement with Varcomsa of Guatemala.

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