With the launch of several new post-consumer recycled and post-industrial recycled portfolios, Avient Corporation is continuing to respond to industry and consumer demand for more sustainable, eco-friendly products.
According to several expert projections, the world may produce over 400 million tons of plastic waste annually by 2030.
With mounting regulatory pressure, combined with the voluntary commitments made by many brands to increase the amount of recycled content in their products, manufacturers are increasingly seeking recycled-content materials able to meet all specifications.
To meet this need, Avient has now launched reSound R VX TPEs, reSound R ND polyamides, and reSound R PC polycarbonates.
Available in North America, injection-mouldable reSound R VX TPEs utilize 25 percent PCR and up to 40 percent PIR content. Both grades can be over-moulded onto polypropylene. The PCR grade is formulated with recycled ocean plastics from Oceanworks, an accelerator program participant within the Alliance to End Plastic Waste.
The new reSound R ND grades are polyamide formulations containing 100% PCR resin. These are available in PA6 and PA66 grades with various levels of glass fiber and mineral reinforcements. Like the new TPEs, these, too are already commercially available in North America. Global availability is under evaluation and will depend on regional sourcing capabilities.
Avient’s new recycled-content polycarbonates have been developed in the first instance for the Asian market, although, again, global availability is under evaluation.
The reSound R PC portfolio, is comprised of a range of polycarbonates with glass filler levels from 10 to 30 percent and recycled content ranging from 25 to 75 percent. Several grades in this portfolio perform on par with virgin PC in terms of tensile elongation, tensile strength, notched Izod impact, flexural modulus and flexural strength.