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Some Plastics are Made to Last Forever

Recycled plastic building materials While most petroleum-based plastics can last almost forever, sometimes that is exactly what we need. One such application is bridges. In the (really) old days, we had stone bridges, and we still do. Roman bridges still exist in Britton and Rome that are now...

Plastic Starts Shedding Its Bad Boy Image

Among all the bad press recently about state-sized floating islands of plastic in oceans and perpetual presence of one-use plastic along highways and plastic bag and straw wars in California cities, the plastic industry is changing behind the scenes. For the last half dozen years large...

Plastic Trends 2018

Plastics are undergoing dramatic changes this year. High Tech gets all the hype, but science and engineering are still driving major trends in the plastic industry—some trends and some fads, some frivolous and others critical to the planet. We summarize the major trends here. Plastic is in...

HDPE Can Be Recycled at Least 10 Times

New scientific testing has shown that PET and HDPE which comprise 97 percent of all plastic bottles on the North American Bottle market can be recycled and reused for new bottles at least ten times. The first set of practical tests was carried out by an ESE World B.V.  in Europe. They said...

Reshoring Trends – Going Local

Advantages of sourcing plastic parts and products from closer manufacturers may help close the price gap and broaden the reasons for spending closer to the assembly location.   China’s historical advantage of low labor costs is shrinking as millions of Chinese workers enter the middle class and...

Report on Plastic Bottle Recycling 2017

Plastic recycling is a partnership. While plastic resin makers rush to make more environmentally friendly products, all used plastic products still must be returned to the recycling stream. The wide variety of plastics will require a proper recycling/waste channel for many years to come, so...

The confusing plastic mess

Consumers are confused by plastic. It’s bad, good, wonderful, harmful, and indispensable. Consumers know that plastic waste is a problem but love the plastic products they use every day. The problem is complex. Plastic is not just one material; it is hundreds. To make matters worse, it can now...

Packaging and Plastic Containers Promote Sales

In the 1890s many new home products were introduced to help maintain the household. These included baking soda and other cooking powders and liquids as well as cleaners. In the unregulated era of packaging, many mistakes were made that caused fatalities in the family. According to Dr. Susannah...

Plastics and Modern Medicine

Plastic injection molding continues to provide solutions for the medical industry to improve health care. From PVC joint fittings that are made into wheelchairs for developing countries, to injection-molded positioning helmets for precision brain surgery, plastic plays a critical part in modern...

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