Chrysler seat covers use post-consumer PE
PETOSKEY, MICH. — Chrysler Corp. will start using a plastic seat cover made with a minimum of 25 percent recycled content on some of its 1998-model light trucks.
The Slip-N-Grip contoured seat covers are made by film extruder Petoskey Plastics Inc. using a layer of recycled polyethylene sandwiched between layers of high and linear low density PE. The Petoskey-based company developed the product to protect vehicles during shipment.
The covers, which include post-consumer recycled material, will be used on the Dodge Durango, Ram and Dakota pickup trucks, according to Petoskey Plastics. The extruder will ship the covers to Southfield, Mich.-based Lear Corp., which makes the seats for those truck lines.
Petoskey Plastics also supplies Slip-N-Grip seat covers for vehicles made by Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp., Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. The product also is used for aftermarket applications.
Plastics Group adds densifiers at plants
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Plastics Group of America has added densifiers to its Woonsocket and Blairsville, Ga., facilities.
The firm accepts scrap film on roll stock or as loose or baled product. The film is then chopped off the roll if necessary, densified, extruded back into pellets and sent back to the customer.
``We have invested in this equipment to upgrade our toll processing capabilities and offer what we think is a very valuable service to users of high density polyethylene and low density polyethylene film,'' Richard Tienhaara, sales manager, said in a news release. ``We can offer fast turnaround to our customers and save them money by converting their scrap film back into pellets.''
The company also has plants in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, The Plastics Group sells stock resins, custom and specialty compounds, toll processing and resin brokerage throughout North America.
Otto says recyled PE makes a stronger bin
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — The Australian arm of German-based plastic manufacturer Otto KG is manufacturing mobile garbage bins made from 50 percent recycled high density polyethylene milk bottles.
The Brisbane company, Otto Plastics Pty. Ltd., developed the bins over the last 12 months. Sue Trewin, Otto's Australian marketing manager, said tests showed the recycled-content bins, called the Eco Otto range, are stronger than bins made with 100 percent virgin HDPE.
Alan Wilson, Otto Plastics managing director, said the technology addresses environmental problems by helping dispose of HDPE bottles. Otto will regrind 50 million bottles a year to make bins.
Otto KG also has operations in the United States, Europe, South Africa and joint ventures in Southeast Asia.
Student gets award for plastic alternative
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—A 10-year-old Melbourne schoolboy, Geoffrey Briarstone, has won a major Australian award for science students for developing an alternative to plastic shopping bags.
Briarstone won a BHP Australian Science Award for his alternative to plastic.
BHP Ltd., which sponsored the awards, is Australia's biggest mining, steel and petroleum company.
Despite the win, no commercial contracts have been forthcoming, and Briarstone admits his product has limitations. He has been unable to develop an alternative strong enough to carry groceries.
His mother's corn flour-and-water-paste papier-mache model dinosaurs were his inspiration. Briarstone tested samples of starch to find a combination that could be used to make bags.
The judges said Briarstone has overcome setbacks, including the family cat walking on his experiments.