A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say

via (CNN) A huge trash-collecting system designed to clean up plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean is finally picking up plastic, its inventor announced Wednesday.The Netherlands-based nonprofit the Ocean Cleanup says its latest prototype was able to capture and hold debris ranging in size from huge, abandoned fishing gear, known as “ghost nets,” to tiny microplastics as small as 1 millimeter. Read the full story here: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/02/tech/ocean-cleanup-catching-plastic-scn-trnd/index.html

Is that design biodegradable? It’s complicated

via Fast Company The U.K. is developing standards for biodegradable, compostable, and bio-based plastics, underscoring the need for research on these promising materials.

Read the full story here: https://www.fastcompany.com/90410518/is-that-design-biodegradable-its-more-complicated-than-you-think

Washing laundry on a delicate cycle releases more plastic microfibres into the ocean

via ScienceFocus.com

Researchers have found it is the volume of water used which is the key factor in plucking the tiny plastic particles from man-made material. Read the full story here: https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/washing-laundry-on-a-delicate-cycle-releases-more-plastic-microfibres-into-the-ocean/

Single-use plastic bottles find second life in prosthetic devices

via Plastics Today

How do you slash the cost of a prosthetic limb socket from approximately $6,000 to around $12? Simple: You fabricate it from plastic water bottles, and strike a blow against plastic waste in the process. The idea originated with Dr. Karthikeyan Kandan, a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at De Montfort University (DMU) Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Read the full story here: https://www.plasticstoday.com/medical/single-use-plastic-bottles-find-second-life-prosthetic-devices/192122339061468

It’s raining plastic: microscopic fibers fall from the sky in Rocky Mountains

via The Guardian

Plastic was the furthest thing from Gregory Wetherbee’s mind when he began analyzing rainwater samples collected from the Rocky Mountains. “I guess I expected to see mostly soil and mineral particles,” said the US Geological Survey researcher. Instead, he found multicolored microscopic plastic fibers.

Read the full story here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/12/raining-plastic-colorado-usgs-microplastics

“Mott Haven” Film Raises Awareness About Plastics Contaminating Our Oceans

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“I have been in the plastics recycling business for 30 years. The film we made, starring Robert Davi & Paul Wilson with Chuck Zito, Deborah Green and Brandi Porter, will help raise awareness to what many consider to be the #1 threat to the environment of our planet. “Mott Haven” is not a documentary but an entertaining and intense drama set in The South Bronx where the story’s protagonist is struggling to keep his life and his plastics recycling business afloat. His business, Bronx Recycling Company of Mott Haven is collecting much of the scrap plastic in New York City which otherwise might end up as pollution. We are all proud that we have created a film that is not only meaningful and exciting but also addresses a pressing environmental problem which affects all people, all over the world.” — Michael Domino, COO, Domino Plastics Company Inc.

www.motthavenfilm.com

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/planetorplastic/

We Buy Scrap Plastic – EPS Bead Scrap and Purge

We Buy EPS Bead Scrap and Purgings.

Contact Domino Plastics today to buy and sell post-industrial plastic scrap for the best price.

Email Joe@domplas.com, call (631) 751-1995, text (516) 972-5632.

Plastic For Sale – PP White

PP White  for sale  80,000 pounds  virgin pellets

Medium melt flow, unfilled, polypropylene copolymer.
This grade is available in white, in pellet form.

Typical Properties
Melt Flow Rate (230 °C/2.16 kg) 6.0 g/10 min
Density 0.90 g/cm³
Flexural Modulus        500 MPa
Tensile Stress at Yield 16.0 MPa
Tensile Strain at Break >= 400 %
Vicat Softening Temperature (A50)       105 °C
Melting Temperature     148 °C