Plastic has become a bit of a dirty would in the last few years, and it’s easy to see why with the rise of climate change and the amount of plastic waste ever increasing.
However, it doesn’t have to be a dirty word, and if you’re considering starting a business and can’t decide between using metals, plastics or glass, you shouldn’t just discount plastic.
Issues with plastic
Yes, it’s easy to see why there’s a lot of negatives around plastic. In a 2018 article on plastic pollution, it was unveiled that between 1950 and 2015, plastic production had grown nearly 200-fold to 381 million tons per year.
It was also discovered that in 2010, 275 million tons of plastic were wasted globally, which continues to increase, and 80% of the ocean’s plastic comes from land.
A lot of this, however, refers to single-use plastic, and if your business isn’t using this, it does make a large difference. Recycled plastic is something that’s being championed by many companies now, especially after the discovery that only 9% of the world’s plastic was recycled. You, however, could help change that by opting to use recycled plastics, which aren’t single-use either.
You may be wondering why you should use plastic, and how to use. Firstly, it’s very cost-effective, which brings huge advantages with it, allowing you to keep overheads lower and also meet higher demands when it comes to orders – depending on what your product is.
The type of product you produce will also be affected because of various plastic fabrication methods. Because plastic comes in various shapes and sizes, it’s extremely versatile, meaning it’s easier to manipulate into the product you make. You’ll also have to use different tools depending on the method of fabrication.
Plastic fabrication methods include:
This is achieved by joining together two thermoplastics. This is done by melting the surfaces of each of the thermoplastics and pressing them together to combine them.
However, the type of plastic will determine what welding equipment you’ll require.
High heats and molds are used here to help shape the plastic you’re using into the specific shape. However, there are three different types of plastic molding you can choose from, which include plastic injection moulding, blow molding, and rotational molding.
This is also known as blending, and is when you combine two types of plastic, or more, into a mix, before using the melted plastic to turn it into the desired shape at the end of the process.
This is used to create a plastic barrier along the surface material, using heat and pressure, which is mostly used when improving a product’s aesthetic or durability.
The plastic extrusion method is used when creating piping, tubing, or sheeting products, while the plastic foaming method is used for insulation and foam shaping.
Now that you know what there is to know about shaping plastic, you’ll be able to create your products much cheaper, while ensuring they’re more environmentally friendly.
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