Monthly Archives: January 2011

Eco-friendly plastic bottles stoke recycling fight

Danny Clark’s idea was simple: If he could make plastic water bottles biodegradable, it would reduce the impact on landfills, curb roadside litter and reduce the amount of plastic garbage that eventually washes into the oceans. But the Mesa, Ariz., man’s venture has run into opposition from a large and unexpected source: the $400 billionRead More

Fantastic Plastic, Part 1: Polymers in Computing

Not all polymers are plastics, but all plastics are polymers. And organic (carbon-based) polymer plastics, known mostly for being insulators, in some cases make excellent conductors and semiconductors. The term “all-polymer semiconductor” (with electrical conductivity intermediate between that of an insulator and a conductor) sounds almost like an oxymoron. Plastic is generally considered a poorRead More

$10 million plastic bottle recycling facility may begin production July 1

The $10 million state-of-the-art project, which will convert millions of plastic bottles each year, was first announced in fall 2009. But since then, it has hit a few bureacratic snags, including working through the logistics of bank loans, equipment purchases and finalizing design plans. Bruce Sone, project manager and consultant for Portland’s Denton Plastics, saidRead More

Fox Petroleum Recycling Subsidiary Sees Increase in Demand for Plastics Recycling

Fox Petroleum Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FXPT) announced today its Canadian based subsidiary Resource Polymers Inc. has seen a huge increase in demand for recycling and the company expects year over year sales to grow by more than 150%. “Our Canadian operations are moving very smoothly and we have already seen an increase of product of suppliersRead More

On Trend plastics make fashion possible for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is creeping up right around the corner! The last installment of the CFTE column highlighted sexy lingerie ideas for that special someone in your life. Now, people know the trends, but what many do not always know is where those trends and actual products came from. Now here is some smart fashion forRead More

On Trend plastics make fashion possible for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is creeping up right around the corner! The last installment of the CFTE column highlighted sexy lingerie ideas for that special someone in your life. Now, people know the trends, but what many do not always know is where those trends and actual products came from. Now here is some smart fashion forRead More

New Guide to North American rotomolders available from Plastics Custom Research Services

Rotational molding is a relatively straightforward process. Yet Peter Mooney, president of Plastics Custom Research Services (PCRS), regards it as “uniquely versatile and cost-effective.” That should get the attention of many part designers and OEMs, which accounts for the growing demand from these groups for more information on rotomolding. The PCRS “Guide to North AmericanRead More

Canadian Project Illustrates Illogic of Plastics Recycling

Sixty-three metric tons of plastic trash will be converted to synthetic lumber for a new railroad bridge in Vancouver, BC. Engineers specified plastic lumber for the project in place of pressure treated wood. “Major advantages of Altwood (plastic lumber) in this project are that it does not absorb water, will never rot, will not leachRead More

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