media release

Date: October 15, 2018
Contact: Courtney Karr, Marketing and Education Manager, +913.345.1005


IAPD Announces 2018 Environmental Excellence Award Recipients

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacturer of performance plastics, is pleased to announce the following recipients of its annual Environmental Excellence Award:

Best Overall Program - Curbell Plastics, Inc.

Gold - Cope Plastics, Inc., Finger Lakes Extrusion Corporation , Inteplast Group®, World Pak, Margacipta Wirasentosa PT., Piedmont Plastics, Professional Plastics Inc., SIMONA America Inc. and Spartech LLC

Silver - Cast Nylons Ltd. And North American Plastics

Bronze - Polymer Industries

The recipients were honored at the opening general session at the 61st Annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo today in Chicago, IL, USA by IAPD President Rick Gough and Vice President Wayne Gono.

"Our IAPD members once again have shown their commitment to environmental stewardship in 2018," said IAPD Environmental Committee Chair Pat Barrett. "Year over year, we see our members improving their environmental programs and investing more in sustainable practices during the manufacturing and distribution of multi-use performance plastics. The Environmental Committee congratulates our 2018 Environmental Award winners!"

The awards were established by the IAPD Environmental Committee in 2008 as a way to celebrate the environmentally responsible practices of IAPD member companies, including recycling, conservation, community outreach, employee engagement and more. The award application assigns a point value to sustainability practices in each of these categories. Awards are determined based on a point system. There were a record-breaking number of applications this year and more awards received than ever.

Curbell Plastics, Inc. received a Best Overall Program award for earning the most points. Cope Plastics, Inc., Finger Lakes Extrusion Corporation , Inteplast Group®, World Pak, Margacipta Wirasentosa PT., Piedmont Plastics, Professional Plastics Inc., SIMONA America Inc. and Spartech LLC received a Gold level award because the companies earned more than 150 points based on their environmentally conscious practices. The two companies that received a Silver level award earned between 125 and 149 points.
The company that received a Bronze level award earned between 100 and 124 points.

"IAPD is proud to honor the accomplishments of these 12 companies with the Environmental Excellence Award. Life cycle analyses show that performance plastics are often the most environmentally friendly material to use for applications and as shown in the examples from Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, the manufacturing of those plastics can also be done in an environmentally responsible manner," said IAPD Chief Executive Officer Susan Avery, CAE.

Any IAPD member company is eligible to apply for the IAPD Annual Environmental Excellence Awards. Applications are collected online in the months prior to the convention. In addition to the awards program, the IAPD GreenScene(TM) program honors all member companies that are engaging in environmentally friendly practices. IAPD GreenScene(TM) members are determined based on receiving at least 100 points on the GreenScene(TM) application.

About IAPD
The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together performance plastics distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers' representatives, recyclers and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Every program and service we provide is designed with the simple goal of helping our members increase profitability. Membership in IAPD is an affordable business investment. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry.

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