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The latest development at Polystrand will see the company release its “green series” reinforcing tape, which is said to reduce the environmental footprint of input material for reinforced thermoplastic processors.
Polystrand reinforcing tape is available in unidirectional, bi-ply and tri-ply configurations, and uses recycled polyolefin as the matrix.
The tape is made in a proprietary process that impregnates continuous fiber with a thermoplastic resin. The reinforcement has been made with a variety of polymer materials including virgin polypropylene.
The company claims that its new green series provides a product with recycled content that approaches the physical properties of prime material at competitive prices.
“This new series was developed to help composite fabricators reduce the environmental footprint of their products by reducing the footprint of the input material they use,” said Ed Pilpel, President of Polystrand.
“As more end-users consider the environmental impact of products they buy, producers are reevaluating their processes,” he continued. “And we understand that sustainability extends far beyond our own operations, ranging from the original sourcing of raw materials to end-of-life recycling or disposal.
“The recycled polyolefins we use are made from pre- and post-consumer material,” he continued. “According to industry estimates, only about 7 percent of all plastics are recycled. About 80 percent goes to landfills. Our use of recycled polyolefin helps increase the amount being recycled.”
“Recycling plastic also reduces the consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels, energy and the amount of carbon emissions,” added Pilpel. “And because recycled thermoplastic polyolefin is a stiff, light and hard polymer, we can produce a reinforcement product with great physical properties. Products in the new green series provide consistent performance and can be tailored to customers’ needs.”
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