When their benefits are taken into consideration—weather, insect and rot resistance and a useful life of about 25 years with little to no maintenance—plastic lumber and wood-plastic composites can be very cost effective.
The 25% Chinese tariffs on high-density polyethylene (PE) and linear-low-density PE, which are scheduled to be implemented on Aug. 23, have really begun to disrupt the market, particularly in Houston, the major resin export hub.
Products sold in virgin plastic bottles and containers will cost consumers in France up to 10% more than those in recycled plastic materials. On the home front, Santa Barbara is launching a full-scale offensive against plastic straws.
Milliken and Co. (Spartanburg, SC) is featured in the first installment of a series centered on a proliferation of polyethylene and polypropylene resin and additive products for packaging from major suppliers.
The first “giant sucking sound” came in the wake of the NAFTA agreement, when many people predicted dire consequences for American workers. The new giant sucking sound just may be efforts to remove CO2 from the atmosphere to keep climate change at bay.
Attendees of the 11th Congress of the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons witnessed firsthand the advantages of the new Uplifter Expandable Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion device from Full Science & Technology Development (Beijing).