Most people believe that plastics simply aren’t an environmentally friendly option for manufacturing. While there are many materials that can be challenging to recycle, new technology and plastic materials are changing that perception. In fact, some of the newest technology in the plastics industry is in regards to recycling and incorporating new “green” materials. Consider this:
- Adding fillers can make plastic films biodegradable. Some of the newest research indicates that adding LENS FBM (lignin-enriched, non-sulfonated fractionated bio-mass) to plastics can make them degradable. The LENS FBM product is created from cellulosic sugar that is as a result of carefully processing wood waste. Traditionally used in bio-based fuels, the inclusion of this filler gives plastics the ability to degrade.
- New processes may allow plastics to be used in food processing. While there are many polycarbonate plastics cannot be used in food processing because of the presence of zinc, a new process may allow them to be used in food processing and plastic extrusions. PPC can also be used as a replacement for EVOH and nylon products as a barrier in food packaging processes.
- Getting post-industrial plastic extrusion scrap into the recycling bin. Knowing how to handle plastics in a responsible way can be a real challenge. A U.S. company has now developed a way to recycle the toughest plastic scrap, enabling it to be used again. By adding a maleic anahydride to a high heat environment, items such as EVOH and nylon break down into small pieces, allowing for better recycling.
Would you like to know more about custom plastic extrusions, plastic channels and plastic profiles? Call Extrudex today to talk about your product and our processes.