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 •  January 2, 2012

Plying through the infamous "Garbage Patch" in the North Pacific, a solar-powered catamaran gobbles up fishing nets, plastic bags and Styrofoam blocks, and then shoves them into a high-temperature cooker to convert the litter to fuel. This fuel propels the boat farther to devour more plastic -- until every large piece has been scooped up.
It ...

San Jose Mercury News

 •  May 24, 2011

SOQUEL - Pacific Plastics & Engineering, a 22-year-old medical-device maker, has been acquired by Cretex Cos., a group of manufacturing companies based in Elk River, Minn., the two privately held firms announced Monday. The purchase price was not disclosed.
Stephanie Harkness, who started Pacific Plastics in 1989 with her husband Jack and grew the ...

San Jose Mercury News

 •  January 8, 2011

PAJARO - Plasticulture to strawberry growers is like coffee to the working masses.
It increases productivity, and while the fundamentals are consistent everyone has their own unique set of preferences. The cream and sugar of plasticulture are color and type of plastic.
"I was the first to try brown plastic, and now I'm the first to try green," ...

San Jose Mercury News

 •  December 15, 2010

San Jose became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic carry-out bags Tuesday with an ordinance that supporters said was the most far-reaching in the country aimed at encouraging shoppers to bring reusable totes.
The ordinance, approved on a 10-1 vote after two years of study, wouldn't become effective until Jan. 1, 2012, to allow for more public ...

San Jose Mercury News

 •  August 28, 2010

SOQUEL - A Soquel medical-device maker credits federal health care reform with boosting demand for its products, triggering expansion of manufacturing capability and staff.
Pacific Plastics & Engineering, at 2840 Research Park Drive, has added another sterile cleanroom to assemble medical devices used in minimally invasive surgery known as ...

San Jose Mercury News

 •  August 2, 2010

The state Senate is considering a bill banning plastic carryout bags. This legislation would tax consumers, forcing them to buy paper or reusable bags, and create an expensive new bureaucracy at a time of record deficits. The bill is consuming the time of our state government, while it still hasn't passed a budget.
But let's focus on a more ...