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Don’t know your PETS from your pug. Think Polymer is a girl’s name? Check out this collection of definitions essential for understanding plastic!

What is plastic -an introduction here

Plastics – a big list of different plastics

There is a new machine on the market that can create 3d components out of plastic without the need for moulds. Using plastic thread and computer design drawings (or even a ...
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Is a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical - ie one that lasts a long time, accumulates in the food chain and is, well, toxic. Read more here... Humans absorb  antimony  from ...
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So most plastics are made from oil and most plastics do not biodegrade. See how and why here... But what does that actually mean? Biodegrading Biodegradation refers to the breaking down ...
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Bioplastics or organic plastics are derived from renewable sources such as starch, vegetable oil and even chicken feathers. Some plant derived plastics biodegrade, some do not. The term bio-plastics is used to ...
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Bisphenol A or BPA is it is known to its chums is used in some thermal paper products such as till receipts. the epoxy plastic liners found in many cans and tins, polycarbonate plastics ...
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 A guest post from Michael Bloch blogging up on Green Living Tips.com Green Living Tips is an online resource powered by renewable energy offering a wide variety of earth friendly tips, ...
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Plants and animals are organic everything else is inorganic Inorganic things are made from chemicals. Chemicals are also found in organic things too. Confused yet? All matter contains chemicals - either single chemicals, ...
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Plastic was the name given to early synthetic products (such as cellophane),  that were derived from cellulose. These early plastics  were biodegradable. Later the same name was given the oil derived product ...
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So most plastics are made from oil and most plastics do not biodegrade. See how and why here… And yet you will find plastics described as degradable biodegradable compostable What do these ...
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Traditional plastics do not biodegrade. Of course plastic breaks, tears and cracks. It weathers and sunlight makes it brittle, It falls apart – it degrades – but only into smaller pieces of ...
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So most plastics are made from oil and most plastics do not biodegrade. See how and why here… However these plastics are degradable. You can manually break plastic. You can  smash it ...
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The chemical name for dioxin is: 2,3,7,8- tetrachlorodibenzo para dioxin (TCDD). The name "dioxins" is often used for the family of structurally and chemically related polychlorinated dibenzo para dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs). Certain ...
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Copied from the The EU list of potential endocrine disruptors The EU strategy for endocrine disruptors includes the task of compiling a candidate list of potential endocrine disruptors. The list prioritises ...
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A few quotes on the endocrine system....... "Although we rarely think about them, the glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function ...
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To understand plastic you need a lot of time and a good working knowledge of chemistry at the very least. Currently I am trying to find out what epoxy resin actually ...
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Ethane is a chemical compound in the form of a colorless, odorless gas . It is one of the by products of oil refining. It can be isolated from natural gas, ...
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In this post Fibres, Yarn & Fabric Natural fibres Synthetic Fibres Regenerated Fibres Blended Fabrics Fibre Production Carbon Footprint Fibres, Yarn & Fabric Fibres are short fine hairs. Fibres can be ...
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Hydrocarbon is a molecule that only contains hydrogen and carbon atoms, joined together by covalent bonds. Remember that a covalent bond is a shared pair of electrons. These compounds may be simple with ...
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Methane is a short-lived climate pollutant with significant climate warming potential. Methane gas, or biogas, is released  when organic material breaks down. But only when organic materials are so compacted there ...
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Micro plastics are microscopic or very small pieces of plastic that can be found in soil, water even in the air. They are too small to collect or clean up so ...
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We are going to start right at the beginning – before plastic there were polymers - before polymers it was monomers.. A monomer is a molecule that can join with other molecules ...
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Crude oil is a mixture of different hydrocarbons each with a different boiling point. These substances are separated from each other  in a distillation tower. This results in the separation of heavy crude ...
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Nylon is often associated with the fabric of the same name but can be used to make all manner of things from fibre to  moulded objects. Different nylon types are known ...
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Don't throw those sweet wrappers away you may need them to run your car. They can be turned into oil by Thermal depolymerization (TDP) or Pyrolysis System. Thermal Depolymerization  is the thermal decomposition ...
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Polyethylene terephthalat frequently shortened to PET or PETE and was formerly called PETP or PET-P. It is an ethane derived plastic. PET or PETE  (plastic code 1) is most often used for ...
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While I was in Malaysia I got to see some orangutangs. Most of them were in the rehabilitation center which is basically a safari park, a bit of preserved jungle.  I ...
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Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are a family of man-made chemicals. They have been around since the 1950s. They include perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS; C8F17SO3), perfluorobutane sulfonate ( PFBS; C4F9C03), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA; C8F15O2H), perfluorobutanoic ...
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I was under the impression that pops was some kind of horrid Yorkshire dish involving hot milk and bits of bread but this is not the case. Rather POPs are a small ...
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are used as a plasticiser  used to make a material like PVC softer and more flexible. But they are also used in a wide range of other products. They are small ...
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Plastic codes are the numbers you find on the base of your shampoo bottle and the like. They  identify the type of plastic used to make the product. Only the most common ...
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Plastic a definition Plastics - the key points Links to related posts Plastics are  used to make everything from varnish to stockings, bottles to car parts by way of crisp packets ...
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are man-made organic chemicals; They are added to plastic,to make it flexible, resilient and easier to handle: They include endocrine disrupting and controversial phthalates: Claims as to the number of plasticisers out ...
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Plastics can be made in a variety of ways from a variety of materials; shale gas, oil, plants even chicken feathers can all be used to make plastic. However oil derived plastics ...
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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of manmade chemicals. They are oily liquids or solids, clear to yellow in color, with no smell or taste. PCBs are very stable mixtures that ...
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is the most common plastic. the annual global production of polythene is approximately 80 million tonnes. it is an ethane derived plastic. Ethane isone of the byproducts of oil refining. It can ...
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There are some truly biodegradable and compostable bioplastics. Biodegradable products break down through a naturally occurring microorganism into simple, stable compounds which can be absorbed into the ecosystem. More about biodegrading here To ...
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Polymers A monomer is a molecule that can join with other molecules to form a chain of molecules. A chain of monomers (or molecules) is called a polymer.  Chains of polymers then bond or stick together to ...
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Polypropylene (PP) plastic code 5 It is the second most important plastic after polyethylene. It is a thermoplastic polymer that is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases and acids. It ...
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Polystyrene is used to make coffee cups soup bowls and salad boxes foam egg cartons; produce & meat trays disposable utensils packing "peanuts" foam inserts that cushion new appliances and electronics television and ...
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Polyurethane is made by reacting polyols and diisocyanates, Polyols and diisocyanates are derived from crude oil and removed during the refining process just like gasoline. Polyurethane foam can be flexible or ...
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When I was young and innocent, I knew nothing of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Well, it's not the kind of thing a nicely brought up girl should have to deal with. Instead, I ...
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 A white brittle plastic until you add plasticisers the most common being phthalates then it becomes soft and flexible. PVC is known as the “poison plastic” because of the lethal chemicals produced ...
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This post is an introduction to recycling and reusing plastic non-biodegradable plastic at end of life. (also see Plastic Lifespan and Disposing Of Plastic ). They include Recycling Transformation Reuse Recycling, Transforming & Reusing ...
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Plastic? Rubber? Just plain weird? Used for everything  from ice-cube trays to adult toys to cake tins it certainly gets around. So what is silicone?? Silicon is a natural chemical element ...
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Plastics are divided into thermoplastics and thermoset plastics. Thermoplastics can be heated and shaped many times. Thermoplastics pellets soften when heated and become more fluid as additional heat is applied. The curing ...
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Dotted around the world are  5 great trash vortexes. They are right out there in the middle of the sea and they are huge.  A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean ...
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