In October, we had the opportunity to present new data on our PHA copolymer performance additives at two influential conferences. Senior Science Fellow Allen Padwa presented new data at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Vinyltec 2014 conference highlighting the use of our Mirel® PHA as a performance plasticizer for PVC. For a link to an article, go to the blog here. At the same time, Mike Andrews, our Director of Extrusion Applications, traveled to Barcelona to present new data on our Mirel PHA as a performance modifier for PLA at ADDCOM 2014. For a link to the ADDCOM slide deck, visit the Metabolix publications page here.
Metabolix Senior Science Fellow Allen Padwa presented new data for our Mirel® PHA performance additives in PVC at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Vinyltec 2014 conference held October 20-22 in Indianapolis. Allen’s presentation took place at 1:20 pm Wednesday, October 22. Continue reading
Biobased PHA Additives Improve Touch and Feel of PLA
We’ve written before about the improvements that Metabolix additives are able to bring to polylactic acid (PLA). One area of focus for our team has been to improve the performance of PLA fibers. Our additive strategy in PLA rests on a demonstrated capability to improve the performance (for example, the “hand” in the case of fibers), and providing value by helping companies to grow their renewable filament, fabric, and nonwoven offerings. The Metabolix advantage comes from doing so cost effectively and without compromising the renewable and compostable nature of the product. Continue reading
Momentum is building; Uniform definition of marine degradable alternatives needed
In a post earlier this year, we documented many of the post-consumer problems with microbeads, those tiny synthetic plastic particles that are commonly used as an ingredient in personal care products but mostly go unseen because they’re so small. These particles are practically impossible to recycle and are generally washed down the drain after use, yet not easily recoverable in water treatment systems. They are typically made from non-biodegradable synthetic plastics that will linger as pollution when ending up in the environment. They often float in water, collecting in lakes, rivers and oceans, and potentially endangering marine life that can mistake them for food where they can then enter the food chain. Continue reading
Every morning, millions of people stop into their coffee shop of choice and walk out with a much needed cup of coffee. At that time of the day, what we care most about is the contents of the cup, and probably don’t give much thought to what the cup is made of, beyond “paper.” After finishing that hot cup of coffee, if you were to take a moment to consider the cup, you might notice that the inside surface has a slight shimmer to it, the shimmer of a plastic or latex coating layer. Continue reading
Microbeads are in the news. They are components in everyday personal care and cleaning products such as shampoos, cosmetics and cleansers. Microbead sizes range from less than 10 microns to hundreds of microns and have a range of shapes – spherical and irregular. These fine powders are typically made from synthetic polymers such as polyethylene, polypropylene or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)—each selected specifically for the size, shape and consistency they provide to the recipe—and serve to improve the touch and feel of personal care products or aid in their manufacturing. So why is this ingredient in particular garnering such attention in the news and from numerous advocacy groups? Continue reading