PLASTICS Promotes Two to Lead Sustainability Initiatives

Change Strengthens Association’s Growing Focus on Recycling, Reducing Plastic Waste and Reuse Through End-of-Life Initiatives

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The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced two internal promotions to strengthen its sustainability and materials portfolios. Ashley Hood-Morley is now Senior Director of Sustainability and Materials, and Patrick Krieger is the Director of Sustainability and Materials.

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Hood-Morley will oversee all projects and programs related to PLASTICS’ materials, sustainability and recycling initiatives. Krieger will be responsible for various sustainability initiatives such as Operation Clean Sweep (OCS), New End Market Opportunities (NEMO), Marine Debris, and the Bioplastics division, which he currently oversees.

Glenn Anderson, Vice President, announced the promotions to all staff members. “Our industry and our members continue to put extra energy into developing more sustainability initiatives,” Anderson stated. “That is one of the reasons why we have increased the talent in this area with the promotions of Ashley and Patrick. They both have a strong background in our industry and will energize our initiatives to develop a robust sustainability platform in support of our members and the industry as a whole.”

Prior to joining PLASTICS, Hood-Morley was with Eastman Chemical Company for seven years as a staff engineer, then managing product stewardship. She has a chemical engineering background, with extensive experience working with material suppliers and sustainability programs.

“Having worked at PLASTICS for more than five years, it’s been a pleasure experiencing the growth in our recycling and sustainability initiatives,” said Hood-Morley. “I’m excited to continue the journey with such a strong association.”

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Krieger has been with PLASTICS for five years. Prior to joining he managed regulatory affairs for the Animal Health Institute (AHI), serving primarily to support the Veterinary Biologics Section.

“I’m looking forward to building our marine debris initiatives and continuing to manage our bioplastics division,” said Krieger. “I enjoy working at PLASTICS, because we bring together experts from various backgrounds to collaborate and solve pressing issues, as they relate to protecting our environment.”

PLASTICS plans further additions to its sustainability personnel.

“PLASTICS is entering a new era,” stated President and CEO Tony Radoszewski, CAE. “It’s a time of wonderful opportunities for our industry and our members. Making changes in our sustainability area is just one of the progressive moves we’ll be making. We’ll continue to promote the use of recycled plastics and provide best management practices to help companies achieve their sustainability goals. Congratulations to Ashley and Patrick.”

Plastic is already the sustainable material of choice, and sustainability is bigger than recycling. Our goal is to grow sustainability in manufacturing, push new end markets forward, and bring together influential thought leaders across the plastics supply chain to share ideas and develop innovative solutions.

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