February 2012

Building sustainability into the fabrication process with PETG copolyester
Panels produced with Eastman's patented Encapsulation Technology and Eastman Spectar™ PETG copolyester incorporate decorative images, textiles and botanicals to attract consumer attention at retail stores.

Many retailers are taking measures to reduce the amount of energy expended and waste produced across the supply chain to meet challenges created by today's economic environment and rising consumer demands for more sustainable products. One area may be overlooked when it comes to reducing a store's environmental impact: point-of-purchase displays. Learn more.


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Building sustainability into the fabrication process with PETG copolyester
Technical Advisory
Sustainability: Did You Know ...


Expand Your Knowledge

Use of plastic piping systems in renewable energy applications

As America continues cautiously toward economic recovery, there is an underlying sense of optimism related to the expanded use of renewable energy in this country.

Although the movement is global in nature here in the United States, emphasis on the development of alternative energy sources out of necessity to help alleviate the United States' dependence on foreign oil.

That desire, combined with America's spirit, innovation and technical know-how have pushed the United States to develop more efficient means of harvesting renewable energy resources.

Learn more.

Technical advisory

• Contrary to some misguided popular opinions, plastics are green!

• Plastics require far less energy to produce than metals and glass and many types are recyclable.

• Their light weight helps fuel efficiency on cars, trucks and airplanes.

• Plastics are good insulators, saving heating and cooling costs, resulting in more comfortable living spaces.

• In addition, biodegradable plastics are becoming more readily available.

Sustainability of plastic: Did you know…

• A significant conclusion is clear: plastics have the most sustainable production reserves today and for the foreseeable future compared to those of other piping materials.

• 57 percent by weight polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is chlorine, which is created from salt, one of the most plentiful materials on earth.

• The international piping industry, both plastic and non-plastic, has used and is continuing to use life cycle assessment (LCA), a scientifically grounded framework, in examining the environmental impact of its products. The completed studies as well as preliminary results of ongoing ones place plastic piping in a very favorable light compared to other piping materials.

Source: Sustainability and plastic pipe, By David A. Chasis, The IAPD Magazine

More Plastics Resources

Introduction to Plastics is more than an introduction
It's everything you need to know about more than 50 plastic materials commonly used today in industry, signage and visual merchandising, building and construction, and pipe, valves and fittings. This book provides such details about plastics as:

  • Their comparative properties
  • How they're made
  • Appropriate applications
  • Processing and fabrication techniques

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