New Orleans — Green Toys Inc. has made a name for itself by recycling millions and millions of used milk jugs into brightly colored children's toys.
And the company, with an appetite for growth, sees an opportunity to use more than just high density polyethylene to create an even wider selection of products.
The Sausalito, Calif.-based firm already is dipping its toes into the recycled polypropylene market to make some toy components. But it's not any easy move, explained Shahram Baradaran, quality and compliance program manager at the company.
HDPE, readily available, has been the company's bread-and-butter raw material, accounting for about 95 percent of production these days. But the material can be difficult at times to mold into the types of products Green Toys is making, he explained.
PP can provide an alternative, but is more difficult to find in the form Green Toys needs.
"We're using polypropylene, but in a much smaller way. The main reason is we can't get natural polypropylene. We can only get polypropylene that is a grayish color. That's because feedstocks are not as consistent. So it becomes a challenge," he said.