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With new CEO at helm, plastics group fights activist push

Three corporations have left Plastics Industry Association in recent months as environmentalists try to strip away members

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Oct. 25, 2019
By Walt Williams

As plastics products have come under increasing attack, so has the industry’s main trade group, but the association’s new CEO is fighting back.

Three large companies—Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and SC Johnson—have announced plans in recent months to end their memberships in the Plastics Industry Association amid a campaign by Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and other environmentalist organizations to pressure companies into leaving the group. The timing of the campaign has been particularly fraught for the association as it lost longtime CEO Bill Carteaux to leukemia late last year and spent much of 2019 in leadership transition.