Chemical Plastic

February 18, 2013

Global Bioplastics Production in 2013 will Double

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According to words of Harald Kab, the Secretary-General of the European Bioplastics Association, who recently said that by the stimulation of biological polyethylene plant began operation, in 2013, the global bioplastics production should be 146 tons / year, nearly four-fold of the current production.

Kab pointed out that the world’s first bio-polyethylene industrialized device, which currently are under construction by Brazil Braskem will be put into operation this year, In addition, I think that some manufacturers from other countries with rich sugarcane production will also to use this raw materials, to invest in the construction of biological polyethylene and polypropylene equipments.

According to remarks of European Bioplastics, the association predicted the global bioplastics production in 2013 will reach 1.46 million tons / year, which was based on two aspects of the forecast, which is compostable bioplastics production from 409,000 tons in 2009 / year748,000 tons / year up to 2013; non-compostable bioplastics production in 2013 increased sharply from 2009 when 2.5 million tons / year to 715,000 tons / year.

Brazil Braskem will be put into this plant which can produce bio-polyethylene 200,000 tons / year into operation by the end of this year. At the same time, Braskem’s also has established research partnerships with Novozymes, the two sides will be developed to research of polypropylene production with cane as raw material .

Kab said recently: more and more bioplastics will appear in areas of packaging, films, shopping bags, mobile phones and beverage bottles and so on. We have already seen that the PET bottles of Coca-Cola uses bio-plastic, Tetra Pak is also seeking to use bioplastics. Of course, the current bioplastics cost is still higher than ordinary plastic products, which will usually passed on to consumers, but i think most consumers are willing to pay this part of the premium.

* Originally posted: Global Bioplastics Production in 2013 will Double

January 4, 2013

Plastic Electronics is just in the Ascendant

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In electronics there’s a common understanding that silicon and other elements are responsible for bringing our gadgets to life while plastic serves as the supporting structure. But what if that plastic could be both the brains and the brawn? Better yet, what if plastic was pliable enough to form all sorts of wearable electronics and even implantable medical devices?

Actually, electronics made from conductive plastic have been in the works for at least a decade. Among them, one of the difficulties has been overcoming is a loss of conductivity when plastic electronics are stretched too far.

A team of researchers from the U.S., South Korea and China say that they have found a method to keep an electrical connection even after stretching their specially made plastic more than four times its normal size. The key is to make a highly porous polymer, and then fill those pores with liquid metal.

Imagine that, these “3-D stretchable conductors” being used to make artificial eyes that restore vision or synthetic skin that monitors blood glucose levels. A bit out-there, I know, but science has a knack for catching up with science fiction.

* Originally posted: Plastic Electronics is in the Ascendant

November 14, 2012

Attention: Common Household Chemicals may Causing Cancer!

Brief:  Common chemicals found in household products may be causing a range of medical problems such as cancer, reduced fertility and obesity, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Common chemicals found in household products may be causing a range of medical problems such as cancer, reduced fertility and obesity, the Daily Telegraph reported. The European Environment Agency (EEA) warned other items such as cosmetics and medicines which contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) could be harmful to humans.

Recently, CNN reported that, according to the Environmental Working Group, 75 percent of 800 sunscreens tested in the US contained potentially harmful ingredients. Only one-fourth of them were effective at protecting our skin without any toxicity.

Officials said there was strong evidence that these chemicals cause harm and cautioned against their use, but stopped short of recommending a complete ban.

For instance, 56 percent of the products contained oxybenzone, which serves to absorb UV. But studies show that oxybenzone can be absorbed through the skin, and it is believed to be linked to hormone disruption, cell damage and may lead to skin cancer.

The agency warned that five classes of chemicals needed more scrutiny. These included phthalates, which are often found in pesticides. Also included were bisphenol A and other PCBs, which are increasingly found in sunscreen and chemicals used in contraceptive pills.

* Originally posted: Attention: Common Household Chemicals may Causing Cancer!

September 26, 2012

WHO confirmed Diesel Exhaust can Cause Lung Cancer

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Brief:
BBC reported recently that A panel of experts working for the World Health Organization says that exhaust fumes from diesel engines can actually cause cancer. It concluded that the exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumors of the bladder.

A panel of experts working for the World Health Organization says that exhaust fumes from diesel engines can actually cause cancer, BBC reported. It concluded that the exhausts were definitely a cause of lung cancer and may also cause tumors of the bladder.

The study based its findings on research among high-risk workers such as miners, railway workers and truck drivers. However, the panel said everyone should try to limit their exposure to diesel fumes.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has now labeled exhausts as a definite cause of cancer.

Diesel exhausts are now in the same group as carcinogens ranging from wood chippings to plutonium, and from sunlight to alcohol.

It is thought people working in high-risk industries have about a 40% increased risk of developing lung cancer.

* Originally posted: WHO confirmed Diesel Exhaust can Cause Lung Cancer

August 20, 2012

Coca-Cola may Produced Cola Drinks packed in Plastic Bags

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In some Central American countries, such as El Salvador, Coca-Cola is served in biodegradable plastic zip-lock bags instead of glass and plastic bottles or cans. The bags come in the iconic shape of the Coke bottle, Digital Journal reported.

This move also saves vendors the trouble of having to pay a deposit on the returnable glass bottles.

Coca-Cola took notice of this trend and decided to officially introduce its eco-friendly Coke-bottle-shaped bags, the Daily Mail has learnt.

 The innovation comes at a good time as Coca-Cola has come under pressure in recent years to produce a more eco-friendly packaging for their drinks.

* Originally posted: Chemical Plastic

 

July 11, 2012

New Fabric made of Spilled Milk

 New high-end Fabric made of spilled milk.

As CNN reported, every year, Europeans discard tons of milk deemed unsafe for human consumption. Now, a German company is turning the spilled milk into high-end fashion.

Anke Domaske, a biochemist turned fashion designer, is the inventor of QMilch – a fabric made entirely of milk.

The fabric is created from milk which is allowed to ferment before it is turned into a powder. It is then heated and mixed with other natural ingredients and turned into yarn.

QMilch has a similar feel to silk, and is marketed as a luxury fiber.

Originally posted: Chemical Plastic

June 18, 2012

Should we Ban Plastic Bags Altogether?

Brief: We all know plastic bags are bad for the environment. They litter the landscape and pose a threat to wildlife. But should we ban plastic bags altogether? In a survey recently conducted by the European Commission, most people favored an outright ban on plastic bags, the BBC reported. But are other options more eco-friendly?

 We all know plastic bags are bad for the environment. They litter the landscape and pose a threat to wildlife.

Discarded plastic bags accumulate as “plastic soup” in the Pacific Ocean, covering more than 15,000,000 square kilometers, according to the BBC.

According to the Commission, every year 800,000 tons of so-called single-use plastic bags are used in the European Union.

The average EU citizen used 191 of them in 2010, the Commission says, and only 6 percent were recycled. More than 4 billion bags are thrown away each year.

If shoppers stop using plastic bags, they must start using other kinds of bags, but there is no perfect solution.

Stronger, heavier bags, whether made of fabric or paper, may have a bigger environmental impact than standard plastic bags.

Whatever type of bag is used, the key to reducing the impact is to reuse it as many times as possible.

Another way to reduce the impact is to use plastic bags that are biodegradable.

These bags will biodegrade in the natural environment, but they come in different types. Those made of corn will biodegrade in a landfill environment, but while doing so they produce methane, a powerful global warming gas.

Another type of bag is oxo-biodegradable, which will biodegrade if exposed to air or water, but not in landfill and the cost to make them is much higher.

Paper bags have been the traditional shopping bag in the US, but while these biodegrade in landfill, the UK Environment Agency study says that they have a higher carbon footprint than standard plastic carrier bags.

It also says the available evidence suggests paper bags are not generally reused, either as bin liners–a purpose for which they are not well suited–or for other purposes.

Why are paper bags still popular in the US? The pressure from the powerful wood pulp industry in the country is one important reason.

Originally posted: Chemical Plastic

May 11, 2012

Take a cup of Tea will be Poisoned yet?

 

On Wednesday, a report from Greenpeace outlined the pesticides - including carcinogenic and banned chemicals - found in 18 Chinese teas, including some of the country’s best-known brands.

Tea may have a long history in China but it has hardly been exempt from the food safety scandals that have plagued the country in recent years.

“You don’t know how many people - and for how long - have unknowingly been drinking toxic pesticides in their tea,” Wang Jing, a food and agriculture campaigner with Greenpeace, said in a statement.

According to the report, 14 out of the 18 teas tested contain pesticides that may affect fertility, harm an unborn child or cause genetic damage.

The report is just the latest in a string of food safety scandals to hit China’s tea sector. Last fall Unilever recalled a batch of Lipton’s “Iron Buddha” tea because it contained excessive levels of rare earths.

An earlier government check of oolong tea brands had found that 19 out of 58 brands tested failed to meet standards, including Lipton’s “Iron Buddha”.

The Greenpeace report found that even some of the most famous and expensive teas sold under brands like Wuyutai, Tenfu and Eight Horses, contained pesticides that are banned in China. One tea, Richun’s Iron Buddha No. 803, was found to contain 17 different kind of pesticides.

Beijing’s efforts to tackle the food safety problem have so far been piecemeal and overuse of pesticides is common in Chinese farming. Judging from the progress so far, it may be a while yet before China’s tea aficionados can drink easy.

Originally posted: Chemical Plastic

April 17, 2012

Coca-Cola and Pepsi been Claimed that Contained Carcinogen

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An ingredient used in Coca-Cola and Pepsi is a cancer risk and should be banned, an influential lobby group has claimed.

The concerns relate to an artificial brown colouring agent that the researchers say could be causing thousands of cancers.‘The caramel colouring used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and other foods is contaminated with two cancer-causing chemicals and should be banned,’said the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a health lobby group based in Washington, DC.

This morning Coca-Cola rejected the CSPI’s concerns. A spokesman said: ‘Our beverages are completely safe. CSPI’s statement irresponsibly insinuates that the caramel used in our beverages is unsafe and  maliciously raises cancer concerns among consumers. This does a disservice to the very public for which CSPI purports to serve. Studies show that the caramel we use does not cause cancer.’

Originally posted: Chemical Plastic

March 21, 2012

The Red Solo Cup: Every Party’s Most Popular Guest

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Tonight, like most Saturday nights in college towns across the country, students are getting ready to party, and the one thing most of those parties will have in common besides a few chilled kegs is a large stack of cups – red plastic cups to be precise. And just how did these big, bright liquid holders get so popular that folks are now singing about them, producer Lauren Silverman volunteered to do some research.

That red cup is part of a legacy that stretches back 75 years. It’s made by a company called Solo from the folks that brought us those little paper cone cups at the water cooler and the wax-lined cups at fast-food joints. But nothing has had the impact of the red Solo cup.

My first experience with the Solo cup, I am guessing, it was in high school at some kind of keg party we should not have been throwing.

Now, red Solo cup is the best receptacle for barbecues, tailgates, fairs and festivals. And you…

OK, wait a second. I need to make it clear that Solo did not pay Toby Keith to write this song. Even scarier, he’s just one of many who worship at the shrine of the red cup.

Actually, I’ve seen people use it as a to-go cup. One woman, I watched her make her scrambled eggs in the morning, and she put it in her cup and she said, this is how I go to work.

People make flowers out of these cups. We had someone that made a full lobster costume out of our cups – head to toe.

When I joined the company and saw how iconic the red party cup was, my first inclination was, well then, we shouldn’t change anything about it.

But that’s exactly what Kim Healy did in 2009. And it caught Seth Stevenson’s eye.

One day, I was walking through the grocery store and I noticed a subtle change. And the red Solo cup had square sides and a square bottom instead of the round one I was used to. And suddenly, it occurred to me that the red Solo cup has been this ever-present item in my life since I was a teenager, and it had changed. Looks like a tank.

The shape changed, Kim Healy says, because people wanted something sturdier, that wouldn’t slip out of your hand when beer sloshes over the side.

You’re more than just plastic. You’re more than amazing. You’re more than fantastic.

Now, plenty of other companies make disposable plastic cups, and a lot of them are cheaper than Solo’s. But this is the one that’s become king of the keggers.

It’s just become synonymous with partying. And when people go to the store to stock up for their barbecue, that red Solo cup, it calls to them.

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