26 March 2009 21:56 [Source: ICIS news]
By Al Greenwood
“We have taken huge steps to have more of a unified voice,” said Derek Gowdy, vice president of supply management for Hilex Poly, a plastic-bag producer. Before, the industry responded with a fragmented voice, if at all, he said.
Gowdy spoke to ICIS news on the sidelines of the 2009 World Petrochemical Conference, held in
To combat misconceptions, Hilex Poly created a position within the company, a vice president of environmental affairs, Gowdy said.
The vice president keeps track of proposed bans and taxes and addresses misleading reports about plastic bags, he said.
Many consumers think that plastic bags are the top killer of marine life, he said. In fact, fishing nets are the top killer.
In addition, many still believe that paper bags are environmentally harmless, he said.
Attacking the misconceptions has met with some success, Gowdy said. This year, there are about 80 proposals to either ban or tax plastic bags in the
Given the extent of misinformation, however, Gowdy said the industry needs a larger voice that includes petrochemical producers as well as plastic processors.
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