Green Practices

Herbold showcases efficient postconsumer recycling solutions at Plast 2015

By Karen Laird
Published: May 6th, 2015

Approximately 25 years ago, Herbold Meckesheim (Meckesheim, Germany) commercialized the wet granulation technique, thereby setting a new standard in the postconsumer recycling industry. The new technology offered immediate benefits: There was less wear and tear; the optimum cooling during the size reduction process eliminated plasticization issues; and effective separation was achieved from the first processing step. Since then, Herbold has steadily refined and improved the technology; the latest developments are on display this week at Plast 2015 in Milan.

Borouge Innovation Center newest link in company's value-creation chain

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 6th, 2015

Polyolefins giant Borouge, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, is dedicated to "value creation through innovation," says Product Development Manager Balakantha Rao Kona. "Through innovation we create value not just for our customers, but for everyone in the value chain, including brand owners and end users," adds Kona. The company's brand new Innovation Center represents a key link in that mission.

5 Gyres Institute offers trip to visit plastic pollution in North Atlantic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 4th, 2015

If you've ever wanted to see oceanic plastic pollution up close and personal, the 5 Gyres Institute, a global plastic pollution research organization, has a trip you won't want to miss. The institute has launched an online contest for those who want to learn first-hand about the problem and help drive solutions. The winner will be invited to join the final leg of 5 Gyre's June research expedition to the North Atlantic Ocean.

Injection molder introduces green caterware

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 1st, 2015

VistaTek LLC, a custom injection molding company headquartered in Stillwater, MN, introduced SelfEco, LLC, an independent company that manufacturers plastics made from plant-based materials. Designed for catering and food service, SelfEco produces affordable caterware, cutlery, and drinkware that is industrial biocompostable.

Lots of parts—and 190 tons of scrap—produced by NPE exhibitors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

All plastic processing plants produce scrap along with their parts, and NPE this year was no exception. With injection molding machines and blow molding equipment running all day for nearly more than four days, producing a variety of parts—some of them quite large—scrap was to be expected. At NPE2015, 82 exhibitors participated in the program to recycle processing scrap generated on the show floor. That was twice as many exhibitor than at NPE2012, causing a dramatic increase in the amount of material collected for recycling, SPI announced.

MHG’s bioplastic earns marine biodegradable certification from Vinçotte

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

In March of this year, the Belgian test, inspection and certification agency Vinçotte International introduced its newest certification scheme for marine biodegradability. Now, the biopolymer company MHG has become the first company to obtain OK biodegradable MARINE Certification from Vinçotte International, verifying this company's claim regarding the biodegradability of its PHA materials in the marine environment. This verification, said MGH, "distinguishes MHG's truly marine biodegradable product from unverified claims by competitors with similar products."

Bayer MaterialScience introduces biobased PU for fashion and footwear

By Karen Laird
Published: April 27th, 2015

Bayer MaterialScience is introducing a range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane (PU) dispersions for textile applications under the Impranil eco name. The new products boast a renewable content that can reach up to 65% due to the use of bio-succinic acid, which Bayer MaterialScience is sourcing from industrial biotechnology company BioAmber.

Electronics recycler reshoots old 3D movies into 3D printer filament

By Karen Laird
Published: April 26th, 2015

GreenDisk, a 22-year-old recycler of electronic media for the software, music and movie industries headquartered in Issaquah, WA, celebrated Earth Day this year with the creation of a new company called reShootz. Taking advantage of the burgeoning demand for sustainable raw materials, reShootz will develop and market 3D printer filaments using a dedicated stream of recycled plastics derived from discarded CDs and DVDs.

UK bioplastic manufacturer leads major sustainable chemicals program

By Karen Laird
Published: April 24th, 2015

Biome Bioplastics, a bioplastic manufacturer based in Southampton, UK, has begun a major $4.5-million, three-year development program to progress successful biobased chemicals research through to industrial-scale production. The project has the potential to significantly accelerate the global bioplastics market with the production of novel target materials, including a fully biobased polyester.

Wood-plastic composite decking from MoistureShield spotlighted on NBC's "Today"

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 21st, 2015

Wood-plastic composite (WPC) decking from MoistureShield, a recycler and developer of WPC for decking, railing and trim located in Springdale, AR, was in the spotlight on NBC's "Today" show on April 13. The company's composite decking was showcased by Jamie Durie, home improvement expert and star of the FYI network's "Outback Nation."

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