New green chemicals offerings – March Madness

Plastics and wastes seem to be the focus of new green products and technologies launched last month and here are some of them:

1. Plastinum blendymer plastics – Plastinum Polymer Technologies commercialized its first compounds made from recycled mixed post-consumer plastics manufactured using the company’s Blendymer technology. Plastinum said the technology is currently the only environmentally-friendly mechanical process to treat mixed-plastic waste in an economically viable way.

2. Chemtura plastic additives – Chemtura’s new plastic additives showcased last month at Chinaplas 2008 reportedly offered a greener profile such as its Mark® OBS® non-heavy metal heat stabilizers; Weston® NPF 705 100% Nonylphenol-Free Phosphite Stabilizers: and the newly reformulated, 50% more efficient Polybond 3029 lubrication agents.

3. Rohm and Haas adhesives – Robond, the company’s water-based acrylic and solvent-free polyurethane laminating adhesives are said to offer competitive advantages to the dynamic food packaging industry, which is starting to replace solvent-based materials.

4. Cognis axle fluid – The synthetic axle lubricant Emgard FE enables truck builders and heavy-duty drive line manufacturers to lower the fuel consumption of their vehicles.

5. Panasonic recycling technology - Panasonic together with Kusatsu Electric Co. developed a catalytic reaction using titanium dioxide that can decompose plastics from electric and electronic equipments into harmless gases, thereby enabling the recovery of metals as well as eliminating the need for plastic incineration or landfill.

6. Planet Resource’s waste oil treatment – Planet Resource Recovery said it was able to reduce barium contaminants in water from oil industry waste stream to an acceptable environmental levels. Current chemical treatment processes are said to be limited and can only effectively reduce the barium level by fifty percent.

7. Eastman copolyester – Eastman Chemical’s Tritan copolyester is said to enable the manufacture of a new water bottle product line without the use of bisphenol- A. Eastman says the copolyester combines the chemical resistance and low residual stress of traditional copolyesters with higher heat resistance.

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