Are Organic Materials the Future of Plastic Manufacturing?

Part II: Organic Fillers in Plastic Hardware
Could organic materials be the future of plastic manufacturing when the oil runs out?  Since plastics are petroleum based, in the future will plastics no longer be available?  Imagine the profound impact this would have on our society.  How will we manufacture cell phones or computer casings, or even our clothes, shoes and furniture?
Organic materials have been used in plastic manufacturing for a long time.  … Read more

This Plastic’s On Fire! 4 Types of Flame Retardant Plastic Additives

Like certain pop stars, plastics are generally flammable.
Therefore it is often necessary to add flame retardant plastic additives to meet governmental and industry regulatory standards. Flame retardant plastic additives are compounds added to plastics and other materials to inhibit, suppress or delay combustion. These compounds are useful in impending burning in the ignition phase of fire.  They do not prevent charring or melting nor do they increase the heat resistance of a material. … Read more

Is Your Plastic Hardware 100% Plastic? Understanding Plastic Fillers

Part I: Inorganic Mineral Fillers in Plastic Hardware
When we look at the plastic products that surround us every day, whether it’s plastic hardware or even something as cheap as a plastic comb, we believe it to be 100% made of plastic.  Upon consideration, maybe we can imagine that the composition of plastic hardware may include some color additives.  You may be surprised to learn that up to 70% of plastics are often composed of organic or inorganic fillers.  … Read more

Plastic Fasteners and the Danger of Static Electricity

When plastic fasteners rub against each other or the plastic bag they may be stored in, a static charge will develop.   This fact probably doesn’t surprise you, as most everyone is familiar with the everyday reality of static electricity.
Most of us will recognize electrostatic discharge (ESD) as a “shock” we get walking across a carpeted floor and touching a metal doorknob.  We have all experienced the static cling on a piece of clothing taken from the dryer.  … Read more

The Top 3 Plastic Additives for UV Stabilization

Over time, exposure to the UV radiation in sunlight will degrade plastics. Polymer photodegradation occurs when non-visible UV radiation made up of short wave lengths breaks down the polymer chains in plastics. This process results in the deterioration of physical properties such as loss of impact strength, changes in color, cracking,  loss of elongation and tensile strength or chalking of the surface. For example, garden chairs lose their gloss and become brittle, … Read more