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NPE2015 WILL OPEN WITH A FASHION SHOW THAT VIVIDLY REFLECTS THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY’S PURSUIT OF ZERO WASTE

Stylish and Unique Garments and Accessories Designed by Students of the Savannah College of Art and Design Will Be Made of Recycled and Reused Plastics

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., March 9, 2015: What do vinyl sheet protectors, yoga mats, and plastic beads have to do with a unique and fashionable dress that would turn heads at any gathering? Plenty—thanks to the recyclability of plastics and the artistry of students at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

The dress (see photo) is just one of the creations from recycled, reused, or repurposed plastics that models will display in the Pursuing Zero Waste Fashion Show at the opening ceremony of NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase. SCAD students designed the garments and accessories in a partnership program with the producer of the triennial NPE show, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. The fashion show will be sponsored by Green Dot, maker of Terratek® bioplastics.

The fashion show will take place at 8:30 a.m. in West Hall C on Monday, March 23, 2015, at the start of the five-day NPE2015 exposition at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida. Subsequently, the SCAD creations will be on display in the Zero Waste Zone, a special sector of the exhibit floor in the South Hall of the OCCC devoted to the plastics industry’s mandate to reduce, reuse, or recycle its materials.

In addition to the garments created from used plastics, the fashion show will also include a design created with 3D printing technology by a SCAD student using bioplastics from Green Dot. It will be one of 13 outfits shown, as well as a number of dazzling accessories also created with recycled, reused, or repurposed plastics.

“We found the students at SCAD to be not only talented and creative but also very involved with environmental issues,” said Brad Williams, director of marketing and sales for SPI. “Their designs are vivid demonstrations that recycled plastics can gain new lives in many forms—both as purely utilitarian goods and as objects of beauty. The Pursuing Zero Waste Fashion Show at NPE2015 will add a new dimension to our industry mandate to reduce, reuse, and recycle the valuable materials that make up our products.”

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors. Visit www.scad.edu for more information.

Green Dot will exhibit at NPE2015 at booth S19200 in the Sustainability Pavilion, part of the Zero Waste Zone. Visit www.greendotholdings.com to learn more about their sustainability efforts.

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NPE: The International Plastics Showcase is a triennial exposition solely owned and produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. NPE2015 will take place Monday through Friday, March 23-27, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. It will be the largest plastics industry event in 2015, including a world-scale trade show and multiple educational programs. The trade show portion will include more than 2,000 exhibitors on over 1.1 million sq.ft. (102,000 sq.m) of space. NPE2015 will host over 60,000 industry professionals from 120 countries. Visit www.npe.org.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $380 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.