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Imagine life without plastic. One of the world's most widely used materials due to its versatility, ease of manufacture and low cost. Plastics are used to make many of life's necessities like clothing, safety gear and packaging for our food and beverages. And in some cases, plastic can save our lives.
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Although the benefits of plastic are plentiful. It is estimated that nearly 8 million tons of plastic pollution enter our oceans every year.
GFX: �Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean�, Science, Feb. 2015, Vol. 347, Issue 6223, pg.768-771
Facts like this have compelled consumers to consider the environment when making purchases of all kinds, from cars to toys and everything in between. Manufacturers from all industries are being held to higher sustainability standards across the entire value chain, from their own processes to their end consumers. To meet these changing demands, manufacturers need to implement new ways to reduce their environmental footprint. What if there was a way manufacturers could use post-consumer recycled plastic destined for waste for something useful, a way to transform waste into something durable, protective and colorful?
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The chemists at Sherwin-Williams have formulated a new line of powder coatings designed to do just that. Introducing Powdura ECO.
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GFX: 25% rPET
Powdera ECO powder coatings use a proprietary polyester resin made from 25% post-consumer recycled plastic.
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This resin, combined with the strength and performance of Sherwin-Williams Powdura technology, elevates coating sustainability to a new standard. The innovation behind Powdura ECO is extraordinary. Each pound of Powdura ECO polyester TGIC and TGIC-free coatings contains on average 16 standard sized recycled plastic bottles. That means for every �50,000 of Powdura ECO polyester powder coatings, that's 800,000 water bottles spared from waste and given a second useful life.
GFX: Each pound of Powdura Eco coatings contains roughly the same amount as 16 single use plastic bottles.
Also available in polyester epoxy hybrids, Powdura ECO coatings are suitable for use in interior and exterior environments, meet or exceed existing powder coating performance standards and may provide increased flexibility and impact resistance according to internal test results. These coatings deliver an exceptional balance of mechanical properties, excellent color retention and solvent resistance, and are available in a wide range of special effects and color options.
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Powdura ECO powder coatings from Sherwin-Williams promotes sustainability throughout the value chain by helping to reduce pollution, by repurposing plastic waste, and by providing products with reduced carbon emissions versus standard products. For manufacturers, Powdura ECO is a differentiator, promoting sustainability in the world of finished goods without compromising performance. Consumers can feel good about purchasing a product coated with material that contains recycled material and helps lower their carbon footprint.
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Powdura ECO coatings can also align with third party certifications that define and measure sustainability standards. The issues of plastic pollution and climate change won't be solved overnight. But as the world becomes increasingly eco-conscious, staying ahead of environmental trends and implementing processes that contribute to a circular economy positions all of us for success in the future. How can we collectively reduce our environmental footprints? We can start by exploring sustainable options together. Sherwin-Williams is committed to leading the development of sustainable processes that help preserve natural resources and to bringing sustainable coating solutions to market. Discover the power of Powdura ECO at OEM.Sherwin.com.
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