Young Man Who Got Dreadlocks Cut by Crushers Club Founder Defends Her Against Ava DuVernay

A Chicago-based youth organization continues to face backlash over photos of its white president cutting off teenagers’ dreadlocks. Sally Hazelgrove, the founder of the Crushers Club, captioned one of the images: “And another Crusher let me cut his dreads off! It’s symbolic of change and their desire for a better life!” Perhaps Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor, Vic Mensa, and Rapsody can ask Sally Hazelgrove about her thinking behind the encouragement to cut off young Black male dreads. pic.twitter.com/GW59UuRgpJ The photos were posted nearly three years ago, but resurfaced this week after Roc Nation and the NFL announced a $200,000 donation to the Crushers Club as part of the Inspire Change program. The images, which were shared on the club’s official Twitter account, were immediately criticized as racially insensitive, as they implied black people had to conform to white beauty standards to achieve a “better life.” The criticism was amplified by a slew of other controversial tweets, including one that included the phrase “All Lives Matter”—a term commonly used among opponents to the Black Lives Matter movement. Sally Hazel...

Another Milestone in Lightweighting PET Bottles : Plastics Technology

Sidel has introduced X-Lite Still, which it calls “the lightest 500-ml PET bottle in the world for non-pressurized still water.” With a height of 195 mm, it weighs only 6.5 g. Sidel has introduced X-Lite Still, which it calls “the lightest 500-ml PET bottle in the world for non-pressurized still water.” With a height of 195 mm, it weighs only 6.5 g. Sidel X-Lite Still incorporates Sidel’s proven StarLite Still lightweight base design, which can be adapted to all Sidel blowing platforms. Besides minimizing material consumption, the new bottle reportedly saves energy in production through a reduction in blowing pressure and heating power, with no compromise of package performance. Based on a dedicated preform design, the new package is said to withstand label application on the empty bottle and topload up to 34 kg. One of the first applications for blow molded HDPE bottles was the replacement of glass for bleach packaging. Companies promote their sustainability commitment in various ways, but beneath the promises and promotional materials should be a true corporate commitment to sustainability goals that provide meaningful environmental, economic, and social benefits. Plastic Inj...