When consumers toss that plastic bottle or other product into their recycling bins, it’s very likely that many won’t know what happens to it once it is picked up by their curbside recycling program. In a prior article, we reviewed the plastics recycling process from collection to plastic resin production. In today’s article, we will take a look at what those resins can be transformed into, giving them a second life that many consumers aren’t aware of! If you’re manufacturing process is in need of industry-leading plastic resins, get in touch with our sales department to learn more and start your partnership with KW Plastics! Check out a few of the possible products that can be manufactured from our quality resins.
Outdoor Furniture, Decks, and Fences
Have you had the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor lunch on a picnic table lately? Have your kids had the pleasure of playing on the playground equipment at the local park, or played with their friends on your outdoor deck? If you’ve been able to share these experiences, the chances that you did so on items made from recycled plastic resin are fairly high. Post-consumer plastics from things like milk jugs and plastic bags can be transformed into the resins that produce durable outdoor equipment and furniture. Items like plastic milk jugs and bags are commonly made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is known for its strength and malleability. Items such as park and bus benches, jungle gyms, yard furniture, decking, and fencing can all be produced from the HDPE plastic resins that KW Plastics manufactures.
Clothing and Accessories
It might be challenging for some consumers to imagine that the plastic soda bottle they are drinking out of can be transformed into the latest fashion trends, but thanks to the plastics recycling process, this amazing process happens every day! Plastic soda bottles are usually composed from polyethylene terephthalate (PETE or PET), which is lightweight and flexible. Many of the clothing industry’s top names rely on PETE plastic resins in their manufacturing process for anything from t-shirts to handbags. For example, the plastic resin from about 10 recycled plastic bottles is sufficient to make a t-shirt, while bulkier items such as sweaters and fiber filling for sleeping bags and jackets might take more. If you’re a clothing manufacturer looking for a sustainable base product for your operations, PETE plastic resin may be just the thing to increase the marketability of your goods.
Garden Tools and Storage
In addition to clothing and outdoor goods, plastic resins can also be transformed into home improvement items that consumers rely on everyday. For example, plastic bottle caps are typically composed of polypropylene (PP), which is a semi-rigid, durable plastic that lends itself well to being repurposed into hard, long-lasting manufactured goods. Seasonal items such as rakes and snow shovels may be made from recycled plastic bottle caps. Convenient, durable storage bins can also be manufactured out of the tiny caps, as can other items such as ropes, brooms, ice scrapers, and other durable tools. There never seems to be a shortage of consumer demand for these items, and KW Plastics is a desirable PP plastic resin supplier assisting manufacturers in meeting this demand.
Home Decor and Building Products
Polystyrene (PS) is another type of plastic that can be transformed into a variety of new and different applications. This plastic is known for being lightweight, easy to form, and having great insulation properties. Although not the easiest to recycle, it can be done, and the plastic resin that is produced from the recycling process is suitable for manufacturing household decor goods and construction products. For example, coat hangers, curtain rods, picture frames, and cornices can all be made from PS plastic resin. It can also be transformed into baseboards and other interior mouldings, as well as the insulation that keeps consumer’s homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Who knew?
As you can see, there is a world of possibilities when it comes to adding plastic resin to your manufacturing process. Plastic resins are incredibly versatile and can be used for a variety of applications for both indoor and outdoor goods. By incorporating plastic resins to your processes, you’ll help out our environment and you’ll be able to market your goods as sustainable and eco-friendly. It might not get any better than that.
To learn more about the quality plastic resins produced by KW Plastics in Troy, AL and Bakersfield, CA, contact a member of our friendly and knowledgeable sales team. We’ll gladly answer any questions you have about our process, our resins, and are happy to discuss a potential partnership with your company!