This category is for any posts relating to the different materials Fruth Custom Plastics uses in our daily operations.

Fruth Plastics Environmentally Friendly Materials

Eco-Friendly Material Options at Fruth Plastics

Eco-Friendly Material Options at Fruth Plastics

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BIODEGRADABLE

capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. While everything that is compostable is biodegradable, not everything that is biodegradable is compostable. And just where do recycled material and oxo-degradable films fit in?

With the infrastructure still in its infancy, most compostable products purchased in the United States will end up in a landfill. Scientific American estimates that it takes 100 to 1,000 years for a compostable bottle made of Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) to break down in a landfill. Beyond that there are arguments on both sides of the issue, with studies to back the claims on both sides. Yes, it’s in a landfill, but it’s better for the environment because compostable products are made using renewable resources. Conversely, PLA creates methane in landfills, a greenhouse gas that is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide, negatively impacting the environment.

It always reverts to a chicken vs. egg debate. Which comes first? Should we purchase all things compostable in the hope that demand will help drive initiative to build the composting infrastructure in the U.S. necessary to process compostable material? Do we get the proper infrastructure in place so that once demand is there for compostable products, we have a means to process it? Who will fund that? This is one of the issues that has slowed the adoption of compostable products. Bioplastics are certainly the material of the future, but for now, if we all practice responsible plastic-ing, it could go a long way towards helping the environment.

So what does Fruth Custom Plastics offer, to those wishing to lower their carbon footprint, and what are the benefits of the different options?

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Recycled Content Film

In 2017 Fruth Plastics installed two reprocessing units, which has allowed us to manufacture 100% recycled, FDA Approved resin. Our recycled content fill can be made with any percentage, up to 100% recycled content LDPE resin. This helps reduce carbon footprint by diverting plastic from landfill. By the end of 2020, Fruth Custom Plastics will have diverted over one million pounds of plastic from landfill for the year.

Oxo-Degradable Films

While often confused with biodegradable plastics, oxo-degradables are neither a bioplastic nor a biodegradable plastic, but rather a conventional plastic mixed with an additive to imitate biodegradation. Fruth Plastics offers both a Bio-Additive and Bio-Based Film. Bio films have a percentage of bio-based material, usually in the form of PLA, embedded into the product. While the bio-based additives (and film) do not make these products compostable, effective biodegradable additives expedite the rate of degradation.

Compostable Film

Some may not realize, but most of the compostable products sold in the U.S. are only compostable at a commercial composting facility. Materials certified according to ASTM D6400 or EN 13432 (like the Fruth Plastics Compostable PLA film) will disintegrate within 12 weeks and biodegrade at least 90% within 180 days in a municipal or industrial composting facility. In addition to commercially compostable film, Fruth Plastics offers packaging that is home compostable, as well as material that breaks down in the marine environment. Our compostable material meets FDA regulations for food packaging.

Water Soluble Film

This film is made of a highly water-soluble paper useful in many pouching applications, with its water-soluble design and heat seal coating. This material dissolves easily and completely in any water temperature. It is environmentally sustainable, FDA approved for indirect food contact, and has excellent print characteristics.

Nylon Film, Bags, and other Flexible Packaging

Nylon Film and Bags in the Packaging Industry

Sure, you know that Fruth Plastics has extruded polyethylene for decades now. Did you know that we also extrude and convert nylon film and bags? Nylon is ideal for packaging challenges involving toughness, cleanliness, and maximum resistance to abrasion. To learn more about the preferred industries for nylon, read below.

Nylon packaging for the medical industry

 

Medical / Laboratory – Nylon is a great material to contain sharp objects while preserving devices and minimizing their exposure to particulate. Nylon is the material of choice for dry heat sterilization. Dry heat sterilization uses hot air that is either free from water vapor, or has very little of it. Unlike autoclaving, in dry heat sterilization moisture plays a minimal role in the sterilization process. Dry Heat Sterilization is great for a wide range of items like loads that contain powders, fat, or oils that the steam sterilizer’s moisture would damage. Glassware, hydrophobic materials, and metal instruments are best in dry heat sterilizers.

 

Electronics & Semiconductors – Semiconductors are used in the manufacture of various electronic devices, including diodes, transistors, and integrated circuits. Even the tiniest spec of particulate can ruin the functionality of an electronic component or semiconductor. The only way to manage contamination is with total environment control. Nylon bags are the ideal cleanroom packaging for semiconductors because they offer the lowest particulate level.

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Nylon film for cleanroom bags

 

 

Cleanroom - Nylon offers the lowest particulate levels of any cleanroom packaging film. It is ideal for applications with a high sensitivity to contamination. With its abrasion resistance, nylon is ideal for packing sharp or hard items. Our cleanroom nylon meets IEST-STD CC1246E level 50 cleanliness standards.

 

 

Aerospace – Aerospace companies want to protect their cargo from impact, vibration, temperature extremes and humidity. Nylon is the preferred packaging material due to its cleanliness and heat stability characteristics.

Nylon for the Aerospace Industry

Nylon Packaging for Chemicals and Powders

 

Chemical Packaging  - Nylon is an excellent aroma and gas barrier used to package pesticides, fertilizers, fragrances and chemicals. It is resistant to grease, oil, fats, mineral acids, styrene, formic acid and alkaline materials. This makes nylon the ideal flexible packaging for chemical applications.

 

 

Solvent Recovery - Solvent recovery is the process of extracting useful materials from waste or by-product solvents generated during the manufacturing process. These chemicals can then be repurposed, reducing the need to produce new solvents, while eliminating a large amount of waste and removing potentially hazardous substances from what’s left. Nylon bags make great liners for the solvent recovery process.

Nylon Film and Bags for Solvent Recovery

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