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Aiden Torres

Where Can I Buy Plastic


Our global team of experts operate across the world, making Vanden a leading business when it comes to buying scrap plastic as well as selling plastic for recycling. Learn more about our international team on our Meet the Team page.




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What sets Vanden apart is our trusted and responsible approach to buying and selling scrap plastic. Our strict processes mean that we have full visibility and traceability on the journey the material takes, providing customers with peace of mind that their material is being treated in an ethical and accountable manner.


Passionate about plastic, we work with manufacturers and suppliers who are looking to both recover and sell recycled plastic, helping to build a circular economy that ensures recovered material re-enters the supply chain.


Our dedicated UK plastic recycling facility means that we can buy scrap plastic from a range of industries, before reprocessing and granulating material to be sold on. We provide full reporting for compliance and auditing purposes.


Vanden sell quality plastic suitable to re-enter the supply chain. Our UK plastic recycling facility features state of the art technology and lines dedicated to specific polymers. Our internal processes and quality control checks ensure that our reprocessed material is clean and free from contaminants and barrier layers.


Vanden work with businesses across a range of industries, buying scrap plastic to be reprocessed at our UK plastic recycling facility. Rather than take a transactional approach, we build partnerships with suppliers, advising them on the segregation, storage and handling of the material to ensure they are maximising the value of their plastic scrap.


I didn't see the thin plastic thread running between one leaf on my pineapple and its tag when I put the pineapple in my shopping cart, when I checked out or when I unpacked groceries at home. It wasn't until I chopped off the top and tug on the tag that it hit me.


I had challenged myself to purchase a week's worth of food without bringing home any plastic in my grocery bag. That meant no jugs of juice, yogurt containers, plastic chip bags, plastic packages or even stickers on some produce.


Why did I do this? Because very few of the plastic packages and containers we use once get recycled. Because there's growing concern about the harmful health effects. Some research suggests that ingesting microplastics could disrupt hormone production or be associated with problems like asthma and learning disorders.


I chose a budget of $115.00 (roughly half-way between the average weekly grocery bill for a family of two in Massachusetts and the food stamp allotment for that same household). On a Saturday afternoon, I pulled into the parking lot of my local chain grocery store feeling reasonably plastic-aware, not ready for the butt-kicking I was about to get.


I started in the produce section, where I typically grab a plastic bag of organic baby carrots. They're off limits, as is pretty much every vegetable in the organic section. I found some beautifully bunched carrots among the non-organic produce. Then I saw the plastic tags hanging off their rubber bands. I spotted a dozen loose ones down by the produce shelf drain and scooped them up, sans bag.


I don't eat meat. But I headed to the meat counter to shop for one of my sons. Everything prepackaged was in plastic, but the man behind the glass kindly agreed to wrap two hamburger patties and some chicken, separately, in butcher paper. Together they were $21.62.


To avoid eating eggs every meal, I got some cans of beans and rice in a box. I wanted pasta, but the box had a cellophane window. (While cellophane is not technically plastic, as it's not derived from petroleum, I was still trying to avoid it because it's non-recyclable.) I chose a brand of spaghetti with the smallest window (1"x1"), telling myself that eating a lot of cabbage would earn me the right to this violation.


There were lots of options in glass bottles. After careful tapping, I found some with metal lids. But the bottles with metal lids all had a plastic seal, except for one brand of sesame oil and another of red wine vinegar. The vinegar label was peeling away at one corner. And that made me wonder: what are jar labels made of? You probably guessed: many are plastic. The sesame oil and rice wine vinegar went back on the shelf, as did jars of marinara, salsa and juice.


At checkout, I added the labels on paper-wrapped beef and chicken to my list of shame (I realized they are plastic). Then when the cashier scanned the barcode on bell peppers, I chalked up another defeat. They each had little plastic stickers with barcodes. I bought them anyway. I was hungry, discouraged and ready to move on.


While I'm out of money, I might want to do this again, so I had some questions for general manager Greg Saidnawey. Pemberton Farms is known as a zero-waste shopping destination, but there are still many things I couldn't buy here plastic-free. There was no dairy, juice, peanut butter or tahini options without plastic.


The CDC says the risk of getting COVID-19 after touching a contaminated surface is low, but Saidnawey says his plastic suppliers report they've never been busier. There's another factor that may be ramping up use of plastic in food packaging. Plastics are made with fossil fuels. That industry is looking for new outlets in the shift to electric vehicles.


Saidnawey says he's interested in using more compostable containers, but they are 30-40% more expensive. It's hard to add that cost to the rising price of food. And compostable boxes for nuts, beans or snacks (a lot of what Pemberton Farms offers in bulk) aren't as attractive on shelves as plastic.


My week of plastic-free eating produced some pretty boring meals. I wasn't prepared. I didn't realize how many things would be off limits. There are some zero-waste cookbooks, but I didn't look at them before I went shopping. And I didn't budget for herbs or spices, things that might have made life a little more exciting.


To reduce my plastic use moving forward, I'm going to have to make more things from scratch, like hummus, marinara, salsa, maybe even yogurt. I'm switching brands of juice so I can buy OJ and lemonade in reusable glass bottles. I'll have to drive around a bit to explore more bulk food options, and I may need to spend a little more on things like cheese wrapped in paper. I've got to beef up my supply of refillable jars and maybe invest in some of those reusable food container bags and that beeswax cling wrap alternative.


I asked Star Market, where I shopped this week, what they're doing to reduce plastic food packaging. Star is owned by Albertsons, one of the largest food retailers in the U.S. They pointed me to a web page about the company's plans to reduce plastic waste, which might mean using less plastic packaging. And Costco, where I shop a few times a year, says it's currently reviewing packaging of all products to reduce plastic use.


Maybe we can slow some of the projected growth in plastic we use once and throw away, and major oil, gas and petrochemical corporations that make most of our plastic will shift to more renewable products. In the meantime, I aim to up my game. I avoided using 27 plastic containers and packages in one week; I can do better.


Through a global network of collectors and recycled plastic suppliers, Oceanworks provides brands a clear path to reduce their plastic footprint with reliability and transparency. As a Plastic Action Platform we measure your plastic footprint, fund plastic waste removal, find sustainable alternatives, and track supply chains from shore to shelf.


A question I get frequently is how to buy and store loose leaf greens like lettuce or spinach without plastic. I thought I had the perfect solution back in October 2015, when I posted about Lovely Naked Lettuce. But recently, Stacy from Vejibag contacted me with an even better idea. So I thought I would post an update.


Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too is your illustrated, practical guide to living with less plastic, updated with new chapter and foreword by musician Jack Johnson. Click here to learn more.


New cards cost $5, but the purchase fee is waived when you order online and is refunded as transit value if you buy one in person and register within 90 days. For Ventra Cards on Google Pay, iPhone or Apple Watch, the minimum value to provision a new card is $5, and there is no minimum charge to transfer an existing, plastic card to Google Pay or Apple Pay.


Ventra Card in Google Pay and Apple Pay brings all the features of a Ventra Card to your Android smartphone, iPhone or Apple Watch, so use your digital Ventra Card just like a plastic Ventra Card.


Regular Ventra Cards offer a prepaid debit option which, if activated, allows you to load money into a prepaid debit account and use your Ventra Card to make regular retail purchases anywhere MasterCard is accepted. Ventra prepaid debit accounts are separate from Ventra Transit Accounts and this feature is completely optional.


Plexiglass can be cut by hand using a scoring knife or a Dremel tool. In both instances, you would use a marker or ruler to indicate where you intend to cut it. To cut the material with a scoring knife, you should make a small cut in the marked area. Then place the sheet on a table with the marked side facing up. Bend the acrylic over the edge to cut the acrylic sheet. For a Dremel, you should clamp the material down and slowly make the cut. Water will help ensure that the Dremel does not overheat and ruin the plastic. Sand the acrylic after for a smooth edge. More detailed instructions can be found here.


Offer valid on any online order over $150 (excludes taxes and discounts). Valid for shipping anywhere within Washington only. Not valid when shipping to any other state. Order arrives within 3-5 business days. Excludes Gift Cards.


Offer valid on any online order over $150 (excludes taxes and discounts). Valid for shipping anywhere within Arizona only. Not valid when shipping to any other state. Order arrives within 3-5 business days. Excludes Gift Cards. 041b061a72


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