White Horse Plastics

Sustainable Options

The range of alternatives to traditional polymers is steadily growing, as is the range of new processes that make existing materials easier to degrade or recycle without harming the environment.

For example, a team at the University of Manchester has just developed a rapid depolymerisation process called Novacrack® that transforms mixed plastic waste into high value hydrocarbons that can be converted back into virgin polymers, thus closing the loop on the polymer life cycle (Read more about it here)

While we wait for this process and processes like it to become normal practice, we list some of the sustainable options currently available.  Our engineers can help you choose the right one for your project.  We can also help design components that use less material.

PVOH - Polyvinyl Alcohol

PVOH is a non-toxic water-soluble polymer. There are various grades available that can be tuned to dissolve at different speeds in hot or cold water. PVOH breaks down into acetic acid which is harmless to sea life. It can also be blended with renewable materials, such as hemp fibre.

Land Based Biodegradation Additives

This additive can be mixed with PP and some polyethelenes. It lies dormant in the plastic until it is exposed to sunshine, microbes and the enzymes found in soil. This triggers a biotransformation process that breaks the product down to a wax. This wax further degrades to water, biomass and carbon dioxide. The end result is no micro-plastic residue.

Recyclates

Recycled polymers reduce the amount of virgin material in a product. Various grades and blends of material are available, made from post-consumer, post-industrial and pre-consumer waste.

Renewable Sources

Renewably sourced polymers reduce the amount of crude oil based products used in manufacturing. We can offer a range filled with fibre waste generated from wheat, cork and hemp cultivation. These new materials offer increased rigidity, lower density, an organic appearance and a smooth, warm feel. Like traditional polymers, they can be blended with masterbatch for a range of colour options, or mixed with recyclates, to further reduce waste.

Polymers made from the waste bi-products of the corn industry are also available. These are identical to the petrochemical versions, but have a lower carbon footprint.

Trifilon Biolite – a hemp filled polymer (find out more)

PVOH - Polyvinyl Alcohol

PVOH is a non-toxic water-soluble polymer. There are various grades available that can be tuned to dissolve at different speeds in hot or cold water. PVOH breaks down into acetic acid which is harmless to sea life. It can also be blended with renewable materials, such as hemp fibre.

Land Based Biodegradation Additives

This additive can be mixed with PP and some polyethelenes. It lies dormant in the plastic until it is exposed to sunshine, microbes and the enzymes found in soil. This triggers a biotransformation process that breaks the product down to a wax. This wax further degrades to water, biomass and carbon dioxide. The end result is no micro-plastic residue.

Recyclates

Recycled polymers reduce the amount of virgin material in a product. Various grades and blends of material are available, made from post-consumer, post-industrial and pre-consumer waste.

Renewable Sources

Renewably sourced polymers reduce the amount of crude oil based products used in manufacturing. We can offer a range filled with fibre waste generated from wheat, cork and hemp cultivation. These new materials offer increased rigidity, lower density, an organic appearance and a smooth, warm feel. Like traditional polymers, they can be blended with masterbatch for a range of colour options, or mixed with recyclates, to further reduce waste.

Polymers made from the waste bi-products of the corn industry are also available. These are identical to the petrochemical versions, but have a lower carbon footprint.

Trifilon Biolite – a hemp filled polymer: find out more

Terminology

Biodegradable

A polymer that breaks down using natural elements, such as sunlight or water.  The residue may be toxic.

Degradable

A polymer that will break down but relies on a chemical reaction.  The residue may be toxic.

Home Compostable

The end product is non-toxic and can be used as compost.

Industrial Compostable

This process requires heat and air to encourage degradation – the product will not degrade in a home composting environment.

Renewably Sourced

A polymer made from chemicals sourced from plants, such as corn.

Post-Consumer Recyclate

Domestic plastic packaging from consumer waste.

Post-Industrial Recyclate

A waste stream generated by industrial environments that has not been touched by the consumer.

Pre-Consumer Recyclate

A waste stream generated by an industrial environment, that cannot be used again due to risk of contamination.  Typically generated by medical and food manufacturers.

Terminology

Biodegradable

A polymer that breaks down using natural elements, such as sunlight or water.  The residue may be toxic.

Degradable

A polymer that will break down but relies on a chemical reaction.  The residue may be toxic.

Home Compostable

The end product is non-toxic and can be used as compost.

Industrial Compostable

This process requires heat and air to encourage degradation – the product will not degrade in a home composting environment.

Renewably Sourced

A polymer made from chemicals sourced from plants, such as corn.

Post-Consumer Recyclate

Domestic plastic packaging from consumer waste.

Post-Industrial Recyclate

A waste stream generated by industrial environments that has not been touched by the consumer.

Pre-Consumer Recyclate

A waste stream generated by an industrial environment, that cannot be used again due to risk of contamination.  Typically generated by medical and food manufacturers.

 

About White Horse Plastics

White Horse Plastics is a UK based injection moulding company specialising in the design and production of tight tolerance components and sub assemblies for the medical, automotive and UK Manufacturing sectors.

 

We are based in Stanford-in-the-Vale, close to the research laboratories of South Oxfordshire, run 30+ moulding machines in 20,000 square feet of space and employ more than 20 specialist engineers and operators.

 

In the two years since the management bought out the company, the new directors have committed to promoting the distinctive competence of White Horse Plastics, offering a growing number of UK & EU OEMs world class, small technical components.

 

We are committed to the lifetime development of our staff – many of us have worked for the company for over 20 years.  We are also committed to improving sustainability within our industry and work with a number of supply partners who offer recycled, renewably sourced and sustainable polymer materials.  Read more about sustainable options here.

Talk to us about your project.

White Horse Plastics

Unit 6, White Horse Business Park

Stanford-in-the-Vale

Faringdon

Oxfordshire

SN7 8NY

01367 710007

info@whitehorseplastics.co.uk

About White Horse Plastics

White Horse Plastics is a UK based injection moulding company specialising in the design and production of tight tolerance components and sub assemblies for the medical, automotive and UK Manufacturing sectors.

We are based in Stanford-in-the-Vale, close to the research laboratories of South Oxfordshire, run 30+ moulding machines in 20,000 square feet of space and employ more than 20 specialist engineers and operators.

In the two years since the management bought out the company, the new directors have committed to promoting the distinctive competence of White Horse Plastics, offering a growing number of UK & EU OEMs world class, small technical components.

We are committed to the lifetime development of our staff – many of us have worked for the company for over 20 years.  We are also committed to improving sustainability within our industry and work with a number of supply partners who offer recycled, renewably sourced and sustainable polymer materials.  Read more about sustainable options here.

Talk to us about your project.

White Horse Plastics

Unit 6, White Horse Business Park

Stanford-in-the-Vale

Faringdon

Oxfordshire

SN7 8NY

01367 710007

info@whitehorseplastics.co.uk