The plastics industry is constantly innovating, and there are a number of new and exciting materials that are being developed as a result of this. These materials offer a variety of advantages over traditional plastics, including being more sustainable, stronger, and more lightweight.
In this blog, we take a look at some of these new materials and the benefits they bring to the industry.
These are made from renewable resources, such as plant-based materials, corn starch, or sugarcane. This makes them a more sustainable alternative to traditional plastics, which can be derived from fossil fuels or created synthetically in a lab. Bio-based plastics are also biodegradable, so they can be broken down by microorganisms in the environment.
There are a number of different types:
· Polylactic acid (PLA) - a biopolymer made from lactic acid
· Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) – a group of biopolymers that are produced by
· Starch-based plastics utilise the natural polymer found in plants
These are made from a combination of plastics and natural materials, such as wood fibre, bamboo, or hemp. These composites offer the strength and durability of plastics with the sustainability of natural materials. They are also lightweight and can be easily recycled.
These are made by incorporating metal particles into a plastic matrix. This gives the plastic the strength and durability of metal, while still retaining the flexibility and light weight of plastic. Metal-infused plastics are often used in applications where strength and durability are critical, such as in automotive and aerospace applications.
These are plastics that have been embedded with sensors or other electronic components. These sensors can be used to monitor the environment, track the movement of objects, or provide feedback to users. Smart plastics are being used in a variety of applications:
· Intelligent packaging - that can track the freshness of food or the temperature of
· Medical devices - that can monitor the patient's vital signs or deliver medication.
· Transportation components - that can detect damage or prevent accidents, for
example, by monitoring the environment around them to detect potential
hazards, such as high temperatures or toxic chemicals.
The opportunities associated with these ‘clever’ plastics are incredibly exciting.
These are just a few of the new and innovative materials that are being used in the plastics industry. As the demand for sustainable and environmentally friendly plastics continues to grow, we can expect to see even more new and exciting materials being developed in the future.
These new and innovative materials are helping to reduce the environmental impact of plastics. They can offer improved performance over traditional materials, such as being stronger, lighter, or more durable. They can also be used in new and innovative applications, such as in smart packaging or in medical devices.
The use of these new innovative materials is still in its early stages, but they have the potential to revolutionise the plastics industry. As these materials become more widely available and affordable, we can expect to see them used in a wider range of applications. What is more, they will help to make plastics a more sustainable and environmentally friendly material. At Amey Plastics, we are constantly reviewing the materials we can use in our manufacturing processes to provide the best outcomes for our clients, society and the environment.
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