PET Plastic Biodegradable

Is PET biodegradable?  PET is short for polyethylene terephthalate.  It’s a clear, strong, and lightweight plastic widely used for packaging foods and beverages, especially convenience-sized soft drinks, juices, and water. Nearly all bottles of carbonated soft drinks and water sold in the U.S. are made from PET, which is also popular for packaging salad dressings,…

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Bioplastics

Bioplastics are moldable materials made up of chemical compounds synthesized by things like bacteria or genetically modified plants. Unlike traditional plastics that are made from petroleum, bioplastics are made from renewable resources, and normally contain fewer ingredients from fossil fuels (with some containing none). Some bioplastics are completely biodegradable and compostable.  Their origin (renewable v.…

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Polyurethane Expert

Polyurethane is a polymer composed of organic units joined by urethane links. Polyurethanes are one of the most versatile plastic materials.  Polyurethanes can be molded into unusual shapes and to enhance industrial and consumer products, and are used in such items as foam seats, foam insulation, seals, gaskets, sprays, durable elastomeric wheels and tires (such as those found…

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Sustainable Polyurethanes and the Bio Economy

Sustainable Polyurethanes and the Bio Economy? Sustainability has become a key concern in polyurethane industry.   Reducing the environmental impact of polymers by replacing fossil derived carbon, using more environmental friendly processes and reducing and recycling the carbon used either directly or indirectly is a corporate goal of many producers. The use of biomass to produce…

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Synthetic Diesel

Synthetic Diesel.  Clean-burning, sulfur-free synthetic diesel fuels are gaining interest as an alternative to diesel refined from crude oil, which produces harmful emissions, and to further reduce dependence on fossil fuels.  In 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates,[1] diesel fuel used in transportation resulted in the emission of 451 million metric tons of carbon…

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Polypropylene Experts

Polypropylene experts are those who work with this second most widely produced thermoplastic (after polyethylene) and is manufactured using chain growth polymerization via Zigler-Natta catalysis.  The global market for polypropylene is expected to be $156B by the year 2026.  Polypropylene has a melting point that ranges between 130 to 171 deg.C, depending upon crystallinity and…

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