News Editor / International
Toloken has been News Editor/International for Plastics News since 2014. He helps host and produce the Plastics News Radio podcasts, and since late 2016, has handled coverage of politics and policy from a home office near Washington, D.C. From 2008 to 2014, he was a staff reporter for PN in Guangzhou, China, covering the industry throughout Asia. In 2006-07, he lived in Hong Kong and contributed on a freelance basis. From 1997 to 2006, he served as PN's Washington reporter. He is a journalism graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Before joining Plastics News, he worked at the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., and as a freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill.
The largest consumer product makers and retailers in the U.S. are doing a poor job of making their plastic packaging more responsible and financially supporting efforts to boost recycling, according to a new report from socially responsible investment advisory group As You Sow.
In the wake of China's ban on recyclable plastics, a new industry coalition wants to try to make polypropylene into the next PET and HDPE in the curbside recycling system. It's ambitious project — PP has some of the lowest recycling rates now in plastics packaging and there are economic headwinds — but industry officials say they see opportunities.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, whose high-profile campaigns have enlisted six of the 10 largest fast-moving consumer goods companies to cut the environmental footprint of their single-use plastics, wants them to go a step further and pledge to reduce virgin plastics use.
World Plastics Council companies did not reveal specific decisions from their meeting, but executives said they would remain engaged in plastics-related discussions in places like the United Nations Environment Assembly, the Basel Convention and meetings of the G7 and G20.
Improving the environmental footprint for materials industries — plastics as well as steel, aluminum, cement and even food production — is crucial to achieving global climate goals, according to a new report from the UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation.