Different Types Of Sustainable Materials

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While many people worry about plastics and their effect on the environment, it might be interesting to know that many plastics manufacturers are also highly concerned about the environment and have take steps to create products that are as sustainable as possible.

In general, the term for the creation of plastic packaging is thermoforming. It all begins with a sheet made of plastic. This is heated to a certain temperature and molded into whatever shape is need for the packaging. The materials in the plastic vary depending on what the client needs.

There are many different terms within the plastics industry to indicate the types of materials being used. One term is bio-based and it means a product is mostly or entirely created from renewable sources such as plants, animal products or perhaps forestry sources. Biomass products are created using renewable plants, algae, trees, grasses and other organisms that can be transformed into chemicals and polymers.

Biodegradable plastic is a type of plastic that can decompose when certain organisms such as bacteria are added to it. There are many different types of biodegradable plastic. Some are made with starch derivatives; others are produced using cellulose esters, polyanhydrides or polyvinyl alcohol. Bioplastics is a term that is used to describe plastic that is either biodegradable or created with bio-based materials.

Other types of plastic include compostable plastic. This is basically plastic that can degrade within 180 days to the point where it leaves no residual toxins behind. In addition to using materials that are degradable or compostable, many plastics companies also work hard to ensure that there is little waste produced when products are trimmed or cut.

Many plastic products are produced using recycled content. This means the materials came from the pre-consumer part of the production process or after consumers have used the product. Pre-consumer materials are those which are never used by consumers, such as the excess plastic trimmed when packaging is produced. Post-consumer means that the item was used by a consumer and then recycled to make something new.

Lenna Stockwell enjoys blogging about how stuff is made. For more information about custom product packaging or to find out more about blister packaging, please check out the Indepak.com site now.

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