The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) plans to use
renewable, sustainable, sugarcane-derived plastic on selected packaging for its
Pantene Pro-V, CoverGirl and Max Factor brands.
Sugarcane-derived plastic is unlike traditional plastic,
which is made from non-renewable petroleum. The new material is made in a
process that transforms sugarcane into high-density polyethylene plastic, a
substance commonly used for product packaging. P&G says the substance is
100-percent recyclable in existing municipal recycling facilities.
P&G will source the sugarcane-derived plastic from
Braskem SA, a company that manufactures the material using ethanol made from
sustainably grown Brazilian sugarcane. The pilot will be rolled out globally
over the next two years. The first products are expected to hit the shelves
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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