...some of the largest retailers have begun asking their suppliers to reduce plastic in packaging and to look for alternatives.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Seattle became
"Seattle has long been a leader in protecting our environment and this ban on plastic straws, utensils and cocktail picks is a great step forward, but it is only a step," said Patrick Hogan, president of the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association. "Plastic is omnipresent in our lives, but it presents two great dangers: to our environment where it
The movement away from plastic began with communities around the globe encouraging consumers to reduce or halt disposable shopping bags use. More than
In the years since those efforts began, some of the largest retailers have begun asking their suppliers to reduce plastic in packaging and to look for alternatives. McDonald's has
"Single-use plastics have become one of the greatest threats to marine life and to our oceans. But we have to look closer to home where some communities have chosen to use less expensive plastic pipes to transport drinking water to homes, hospitals, businesses, schools, and community centers. Those pipes are made from chemicals that can melt under extreme heat, creating a potentially lethal situation," continued Hogan. "In Fountaingrove, CA, for example, wildfires
About DIPRA: Founded in 1915, the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA) has served as a resource and technical advisor to the water industry. DIPRA also provides representation on standards-making committees as well as technical research on a variety of applications-based topics. While DIPRA member companies have different names and locations, they share a common commitment to produce and deliver the finest quality water and wastewater pipe material in the world, Ductile Iron Pipe, and at the greatest possible value to its purchasers.