April 2013

Plastics Help Reshape the Energy Landscape
Richard Gourley’s award-winning SunShower uses the sun to heat water by taking advantage of the heat-reflecting properties of ACRYLITE® Heatstop acrylic sheet.

World energy requirements are mainly addressed by non-renewable resources. Oil, coal and gas however, are not carbon-neutral and fossil fuel sources will eventually run dry. That is why, in the fight to mitigate climate change, alternative energies are expected to comprise a larger share of the global energy supply. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report submitted to the United Nations, transparent plastics are particularly suitable for a wide range of alternative power generation methods. Learn more.


Inside this issue

Plastics Help Reshape the Energy Landscape
Facts Regarding PVC Piping and the Environment
Plastics: The Environmentally Friendly Choice

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Facts Regarding PVC Piping and the Environment

Misconceptions about the environmental impact of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping systems are widespread. This article sets the record straight, by highlighting the environmental advantages of PVC, such as its durability, ability to be recycled, water conservation and world health benefits and even how it is a boon to flora and fauna (spoiler alert: when PVC is used for siding, decking, etc., it prevents the destruction of millions of trees; when used as a substitute for animal hides and ivory, PVC has prevented the slaughter of thousands of animals).

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Technical Advisory: Correct Usage of Resin Codes

Plastic is a family of related materials with varying properties that can be engineered to meet the requirements of a broad range of applications. The success of a product often is dependent on matching the right plastic — with the right properties — to the right application.

The same is true with recycled plastic. The more uniform the post-use plastics going in, the more predictable the properties of the recycled plastic coming out. Coding enables individuals to perform quality control (i.e., sorting) before recycling, ensuring that the recycled plastic is as homogenous as possible to meet the needs of the end markets.

Find out more about the resin identification codes here.

Plastics: The Environmentally Friendly Choice

A lifecycle materials analysis will show that plastic materials are less environmentally taxing to make, transport, install and much more durable than alternative products. Plus, plastics are recyclable!

Did you know that in just one year, an IAPD member company’s environmental savings were the equivalent of the annual greenhouse emissions of nearly 500 passenger cars?

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Go to www.iapd.org to find a distributor in your area. You can search by company name, location or product category.

The IAPD Magazine is online

IAPD is pleased to announce the digital edition of the April/May 2013 issue of The IAPD Magazine, featuring a special focus on plastics in food and beverage processing applications.

The digital issue is easy to read on computers, laptops and tablet devices and can even be viewed on smartphones.

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Designing with Plastics is published by the International Association of Plastics Distribution. While every effort has been made for accuracy, IAPD encourages you to verify information with a plastics distributor to ensure you select the correct plastic products to meet your needs.