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PEVA, PVC, PE and METALLOCENE SIMPLIFIED

Verbal shorthand when thrown around casually can lead to misunderstandings especially to an industry insider who takes these terms literally.  Herewith is a short explanation of some common acronyms for plastic films in plain English starting with the basic chemical building block.   The only thing common to all three is ethylene, C2H4 or ” C2″ …

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Post Consumer Recycled Content ” Gen 3 ” Solution ?

Giant retailers and consumer product companies are frantic to be perceived as green and sustainable.  Meantime, the major plastic resin producers are doubling down on conventional fossil-fuel based resins.  Sounds like a script straight out of  The Innovator’s Dilemma. ” Gen 1 ” is defined as plastics derived from fossil fuels.   “Gen 2” is plastic derived from agricultural sources …

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Designing for Recycling and Sustainability

Cradle-to-Cradle, Recyclability, Sustainability and reclamation have historically been low priorities in design considerations.  The biggest obstacle to these goals is dissimilar materials in the same product.  Just as form follows function, selection of raw materials teamed up to do a job is determined by the properties raw materials can deliver. Recycle Across America correctly attributes the …

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