Airrenew Gypsum Board by CertainTeed

AirRenew™ Gypsum Board offered by CertainTeed could be the solution to clean VOC in buildings.  According the product description, AirRenew Gypsum board could enhance the air quality in buildings, by permanently converting the VOCs into safer inert derivatives.  As an added advantage, after they are captured by the Gypsum board, they would not be released back to the air.

It is reported that an average person spends 90% of the time indoors, and thus, the indoor air quality definitely would affect an individual’s health.  VOCs , mold and other pollutants are often find in buildings including residential homes, schools, hospitals, and offices.  The VOCs could occur from various sources including furnishing, paints, carpets, building materials, and more. As described below,  Airrenew gypsum boards works on improving the indoor air quality using two innovative technologies – permanent cleaning of air, and M2Tech® technology with improved moisture and mold resistnace.

Airrenew gypsum board is certainly a revolutionary building material, which can be used in interior walls and ceilings in not only residential homes, but also in commercial buildings as well.  They are designed to use in new construction or renovations, and can be laminated with as adhesive without losing the benefits.   It is tested to prove, that its VOC absorbing capability lasts up to 75 years, even after multiple renovations.  Further, they are recyclable, and can be land filled according to the local procedures.

AirRenew™ Gypsum Board by CertainTeed also boats that it can be worked with water based acrylic paints, primers as well as breathable wallpapers without inhibiting its VOC removal performance.  They are produced with M2Tech® technology to gain enhanced moisture and mold resistance with highest score of 0 for mold resistance according to ASTM G 21, and a score of 10 according to the ASTM D 3273. Thus, the buildings made with Airrenew gypsum boards would have improved air quality, and offer a much better living and working environment.

To learn more about CertainTeed AirRenew, please visit AirRenew.com.

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Mirel Bioplastics (PHA based ) from ADM

Telles, the joint venture between Metabolix, Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) produces Mirel™, a family of  polyhydroxy alkanoated based bioplastic materials.  Telles has manufactured several grades of Mirel including injection molding, blown and cast film, and cast sheets grades.

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Ecoflex® Bioplastics – Biodegradable Plastics from BASF

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Ecoflex®  is a biodegradable and compostable bioplastic made by BASF.  Ecoflex®  exhbit properties similar to LDPE, and is recommended to be used in trash bags or disposable packaging applications as it can degrade within few weeks in a suitable environment.

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Bioplastics Manufacturers

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Currently there are several large, small and start-up chemical companies manufacturing bioplastics and convert naturally renewable resource polymers into degradable materials. If you are a plastic manufacturer, or an organization looking for greener polymers, you could find useful information for bioplastic compounds here.  (If you are looking for information on products that are made of [...]

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Starch Based Bioplastic Products – Green Cell Packaging Products

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Starch Based Bioplastic Products – Green Cell Packaging Products. 
KTM Industries has manufactured and introduced starch based packaging and insulation products.  The process involves extruding starch with water (which acts as the plasticizer) and a blowing agent to get a foam product with controlled cell structure, resilience and barrier properties.
Their green bioplastic products include Green Cell [...]

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Starch based Bioplastic Manufacturers and Suppliers

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Several plastic manufacturers are commercialized starch based Bioplastic products including Mater-Bi, Bioflex, Novon and Biomax.  A short list of manufacturers and suppliers are listed below.
Trade Name                                    Product Type                                                                                                  Bioplastic Manufacturer
Bioflex                                           Starch-Polycaprolactone (PCL)-Blend                                                      Biotech
Biomax®                                     TPS (ThermoPlastic Starch, 85-90% renewable content)                 DuPont              
Mater-Bi                                       Starch- Polycaprolactone (PCL) blend                                                    Novamont
Mater-Bi                                       Starch-Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) blends                                               Novamont
Novon                                           Starch-Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) blends                                              Chisso [...]

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Starch Based Bioplastics

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One of the most abundant renewable resource polymers found in nature is starch.  They can be derived from various agricultural resources including corn, wheat, and potatoes.  Starch polymers are usually found as micron sized granules, and are made of amylose and amylopectin.
Amylose is a linear polymer with 200 – 2000 of anhydroglucose units. Amylopectic is [...]

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Polyhydroxyalkanoate Manufacturers and Suppliers

June 27, 2010

A short list of several renewable agricultural resource PHA bioplastic manufacturers are listed below.
Trade Name                 Product Type                                                                                              Manufacturer   
Biocycle                       PHA (PHB, PHBV Polyhydroxy alkanoate) based                       Copersucar
Biomer L                      PHA (PHB, PHBV Polyhydroxy alkanoate) based                        Biomer
Enmat                           PHA (PHB, PHBV Polyhydroxy alkanoate) based                        Tianan
Mirel                            PHA                                                                                                                  Telles – ( a joint venture between Metabolix and     
                                                                                                                                                                  Archer [...]

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Degradation of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Bioplastics

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Degradation properties of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics including PHB, PHBV and their copolymers are reported by bioplastic reserchers aroung the world.  Depending on the composition, bacterial plastics degrade in about 1-6 months.  When exposed to enzymes or to the natural microorganisms in the environment, they could undergo enzymatic hydrolysis or chemical hydrolysis yielding carbon dioxide and [...]

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Polyhydroxyalkanoate applications

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Polyhydroxyalkanoate polymers including PHB , PHBV and their copolymers are used in biomedical applications including sutures, pins, rods and drug delivery systems.

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