Polymers Petrochemicals UV stabilizers 02-02-2019 - Arhive
Sustainability is a fast-growing priority in the packaging industry and needs to be considered throughout the lifecycle of a container or bottle, from material production and conversion to reuse and recycling. ClearShield sustainable clear PET
There is increasing demand among consumers for food, beverage, personal care and home care products that contain pure, natural ingredients and fewer synthetic additives. However, these natural ingredients are often sensitive to UV light, which can affect qualities such as flavor, fragrance, color and vitamin content. This results in obsolescence and waste in the supply chain as retailers and consumers discard spoiled goods. ClearShield allows brand owners to incorporate UV protection in the packaging rather than the contents, eliminating the need for preservatives in the formulation.
Indorama Ventures is one of the world’s leading petrochemicals producers. Indorama Ventures (IVL), a global chemical producer, has been once again recognised for its efforts in developing its sustainability performance and establishing the circular economy. The company has been recognised with EcoVadis Gold Level.
EcoVadis is a prominent industry-leading monitoring platform that allows assessed companies to gain visibility and control of sustainability reporting across their business, drive improvements in their subsidiaries and assess their sustainable procurement. It aims to assist the public sector to become more transparent in their business practices and mitigate any risks that would harm the organisation’s reputation and bottom line, as well as focus on dedicating themselves to lowering the impact on the Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. EcoVadis’ rating has been used widely amongst top customers and suppliers, helping them to access their information, leading to sustainable supply chain best practices.
Polartec’s partnership with Unifi and Intrinsic Advanced Materials aims at creating the world’s first-ever biodegradable & fully-recycled waterproof fabrics and other knits and insulation fills
Polartec, a US-based sustainable fabric maker, has made it to the headlines for introducing the new Eco-Engineering initiative to use recycled and biodegradable materials for the company’s entire product portfolio.
Polartec introduces new recycling initiative for its product line
The effort comes up as a result of other leaders in the sustainable textiles industry – Intrinsic Advanced Materials and Unifi joining forces. The collaboration brings together the CiCLO technology with Unifi’s novel yarn products to stimulate biodegradation of nylon and polyester and applications in polyurethane in landfill & seawater conditions.
A carpet bundle prepared for processing.
While it’s true that any type of recycling reduces the need for fossil fuels and reduces the amount of waste that continues to taint our landscapes and our oceans, not all recycling is the same.
Looking specifically at plastics, most plastics are recycled mechanically, which means they are shredded and then melted and pelletized so that they can be reused as recycled plastic.
While this is a relatively simple and inexpensive approach, it introduces a number of compromises and is technically considered downcycling, because there is a loss of quality each time the material is processed. This means that there are a finite number of times the material can be recycled.
Venezuela’s socialist government has been on a downhill slide for years. This week the U.S. sanctioned state–owned oil and natural gas company Petròleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) and its central bank.
Oil production, Venezuela’s primary cash producer, has steadily declined during the past 10 years resulting in foreign partners continuing to cut activities in the oil sector. With Venezuela’s heavy dependency on the oil industry, the country’s economy will likely continue to shrink, and runaway inflation at an annual rate of 225,000 percent has put the government in jeopardy.
U.S. has urged Venezuela’s military to accept a peaceful transfer of power from President Nicolas Maduro to the leader of the country’s National Assembly, Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by the U.S. as the nation’s president.
A professor in Virginia Tech’s College of Science wants to power planes and cars using energy stored in their exterior shells. He may have discovered a path toward that vision using porous carbon fibers made from what’s known as block copolymers.
Carbon fibers, already known as a high-performing engineering material, are widely used in the aerospace and automotive industries. One application is the shells of luxury cars like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, or Lamborghini.
Carbon fibers, thin hair-like strands of carbon, possess multiple prime material properties: they are mechanically strong, chemically resistant, electrically conductive, fire retardant, and perhaps most importantly, lightweight.
Plastics Recycling Update iconA patented cleaning process allows for the use of RPET in heat sealable polyester packaging film, and PET depolymerization technologies get a boost.
RPET cleaning for use in film: DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) has launched a line of heat sealable polyester films with up to 50 percent post-consumer RPET content, according to European Plastic Product Manufacturer magazine. To develop the heat sealable films, which are sealed onto the top of food trays, DTF worked with an RPET supplier sourcing scrap plastic from bottle deposit systems in a number of European countries. The plastic undergoes the patented URRC multi-step cleaning process developed by South Carolina-based United Resource Recovery Corporation (URRC). Veolia, a company using the technology, explains the steps involved on its website.
The United Kingdom government has issued guidelines for businesses that make or import chemicals, in case of a no-deal Brexit by March 29. From that date, chemicals would have to be registered to a new U.K. system, according to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The U.K. registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals (REACH) system would replace the European Union chemicals safety regime, DEFRA said Jan. 23. U.K. Reach, it explained, would require businesses to “demonstrate how a chemical can be safely used with minimal risk to human health or the environment.”