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.
A new report from the OECD has some eye-catching analysis around a topic that doesn't usually get much attention in the plastic debates: What will be the economic impact of cleaning up plastic waste and pushing the industry in a more sustainable direction?
Advocates for plastics waste shareholder resolutions at big companies like Amazon, Phillips 66 and ExxonMobil see favorable votes as a sign of growing investor concern. Flexible packaging and microplastics could be the next topics.
A state agency in California is out with the first microplastics reduction strategy in the U.S. It includes some plastics bans and tougher enforcement around pellet leaks, as well as calls for more work on other sources like tires and synthetic clothing.