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

 

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

February 10, 2012

We are Back Home: Little Penguins Contaminated by Petroleum Back to the Sea

 

2 months ago, on the Tauranga coast (New Zealand) a serious oil spill occur, which caused more than 300 small penguin homeless. So lucky animal protection experts help them, they washed the body, to feed them belly full. Now, these little guys want to go home! Watch them staggered go to the sea, in addition to interesting, are you still felt a little touched?

Oil spills are a catastrophe, and there is little that can be done to combat the tons of slick oil that leak from the ships that have run aground. The New Zealand oil spill that occurred on October 5th, 2011 has been severely damaging to the local ecosystem.

Now waddling as fast as their little legs can carry them, these excited penguins have good reason to be happy. Their delighted flight towards the sealine on Mount Maunganui beach in Tauranga, New Zealand, follows almost two months in humane captivity. With a mixture of confusion and excitement some ran in the wrong direction, some of the 49 Little Blue Penguins peeked out carefully before emerging onto the sand.

Wildlife officials nursed some 343 of the penguins back to health after they were effectively tarred and feathered when a cargo ship ran aground on a reef near Tauranga in early October, covering them in oil. The vessel called the Rena became stranded on the rocks and its torn hull released some 400 tons of fuel into the ocean. It was New Zealand’s worst sea pollution disaster and it killed more than 2,000 sea birds. But these penguins were the lucky ones and, though they were a little weaker for their time being cleaned and pampered by the wildlife rescue staff, they were always destined to return to the ocean.

This is a warm story happened with cool chemistry, isn’t it?

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November 22, 2011

Canada Making Plastic Bills for People of All Ages


Starting in November, new Canadian polymer bank notes will start to replace paper-cotton bills that wear and tear more easily.

The first bills to go plastic will be the $100 notes. The $50 notes will follow next March. The rest of the plastic money will be in circulation by the end of 2013.

Instead of the normal cotton paper bills, the polymer bills have two see-through windows that make it nearly impossible for amateur counterfeiters to scan or photocopy the banknotes. According to the Bank of Canada, you can “feel, look, and flip” to make sure the bill is real.

The polymer bank notes are more durable than paper money. The Bank of Canada expects the new bills to last 2.5 times longer than the paper ones.

They’re also harder to fake than paper money. Some of the security features built into the new notes include raised ink, hidden numbers and metallic images.

The bills feel smooth and slightly waxy. They don’t crumple easily, but they do crease when you try, and they don’t seem to tear in half.

The new $100s look busier than the paper bills. There are now two portraits of Prime Minister Robert Borden — a large one on the face of the bill and a smaller, metallic one in the clear band running through the note, above an image of Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower.

On the other side of the bill, there’s an image of a researcher at a microscope, a strand of DNA and an electrocardiogram. There’s also a bottle of insulin next to the words “medical innovation.”

Another advantage of the plastic bill is that they don’t curl or fray at the corners. The material causes about 40 percent less jams in automated teller and bill-counting machines, so you’ll never again have to deal with that frustrating experience of having your money spit back at you while you’re trying to buy a soda from the vending machine.

The $50 has an image of CCGS Amundsen — a research icebreaker — and a map of the North. The designs of the $20, $10 and $5 bills will be unveiled later. The colours of the new bills have not changed.

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said the notes are necessary to fight counterfeiting. The number of counterfeit bills in circulation peaked in 2004, but has been steadily declining since.” The polymer notes we’re introducing today are unique,” Carney said. “There’s simply no other currency like them.”

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