Plastics firm publish their ‘sustainable solution’ to plastic

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Large polymer company has published their intentions to move towards being more sustainable as the plastic pollution crisis continues.

For more than 50 years, global production and consumption of plastics have continued to rise. An estimated 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013. Plastic pollution has made it’s way into our oceans, our waters and even our snow. Because of this it is imperative that we find a solution to the growing global issue.

PolyOne, a specialised polymer materials, services and solutions company, recently announced the commercial availability of ColorMatrix™ SmartHeat™ RHC as part of its sustainable solutions portfolio for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and PET bottles.

SmartHeat RHC is an APR-accredited (Association of Plastic Recyclers) additive dispersion for bottle preforms. It enables greater recycled content by improving the thermal stability of the polymer throughout the recycling process.

Thanks to this new additive, converters and brand owners can use higher concentrations of recycled material without compromising packaging aesthetics or performance. SmartHeat RHC improves bottle colour, clarity, mechanical strength, and processability.

Providing feedback on APR accreditation test results, senior scientist Dr. Wei Zhang at PTI, a package engineering firm, commented that SmartHeat RHC demonstrated “impressive colour performance.”

Walter Ripple, Vice President of Sustainability at PolyOne, commented, “This additive changes the game for recycled PET use. Converters now have a solution to tackle the issues associated with recycled PET, and can address the root causes of degradation and discoloration that have previously limited its potential use.”

The company aims to improve sustainability through formulating materials, such as:

  • Barrier technologies that preserve the shelf-life and quality of food, beverages, medicine and other perishable goods through high-performance materials that require less plastic
  • Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation
  • Breakthrough technologies that minimise wastewater and improve the recyclability of materials and packaging across a spectrum of end uses.
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