Loepp was named Plastics News' editor in April 2011. After earning a journalism degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1983, he worked as a reporter for eight years for the Milwaukee Journal and for the Daily Press and Times-Herald daily newspapers in Newport News, Va., before relocating to his native northeastern Ohio to join Crain. He joined Plastics News in 1991 as a reporter, was promoted to news editor in mid-1993, and became managing editor two years later.
Plastics recycling was the main topic of the October Sustainable Plastics Live program. Karen Laird gave an update on chemical recycling project and talked about challenges that all recyclers face right now, including high energy costs, sluggish demand and competition from low-cost virgin resins. She discussed policies that could help, including container deposits and taxes on virgin polymers.
Plastics industry efforts to become more sustainable aren’t moving fast enough – even for PET – according to new reports from the Minderoo Foundation and Systemiq. In Sustainable Plastics Live, Karen Laird summarizes the new reports and talks about the impact extended producer responsibility will have on plastics.
With climate change in the public spotlight, plastics companies – especially in Europe -- are focused on their greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable Plastics Editor Karen Laird covers why the plastics supply chain has a growing interest in being carbon neutral, what’s involved, and some of the hurdles in the way.
Companies in the plastics supply chain are putting a lot of effort into calculating their carbon footprints, and coming up with strategies to become carbon neutral. Sustainable Plastics Editor Karen Laird explains what’s driving the issue and why it will be a major talking point for exhibitors at the K 2022 trade show in October. She also recaps the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, including highlights from the annual recycling awards.