Fantastic facts you may not know about plastics

Innovative ways of Recycling plastics at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games…

The 2016 Rio Olympic opening and closing ceremonies were spectacular! The Aussies did very well, we want to extend our congratulations to the medal winners and the participants at the games. You make us proud and with only a few days to the Paralympic Games, excitement is building once again!

We previously posted about our commitment to the environment and our investment into the recycling of plastics. In this light, we found the following information very relevant and wanted to share the ingenious ways that the Olympics are also buying into recycling.

Did you know that recycled mirrors and X-ray plates are part of the Olympic medals? Approximately 30% of the silver and bronze in the medals will come from leftover mirrors, solder and X-ray plates. The bronze medals are made from waste materials generated by the Brazilian Mint. The gold medals are also made of recycled raw silver.

Plastics have not been left behind, with the ribbons of the medals, made of 50% recycled PET[1].


Plastics and Healthcare Innovation

Plastics are versatile, and its lifecycle enables us to recycle or reuse plastics in a variety of ways. We will be hard pressed to find things that do not have plastics involved in some part of the manufacturing process. Plastics are an economical option for consumers.

Plastics are also part of life-changing healthcare innovations.

Recently plastics have contributed to the following healthcare innovations[2]:

  • In Europe, surgeons are already replacing the meniscus, which is the cartilage in the knee between the thigh and shin bones. This minimally invasive alternative could help avoid knee replacements, thus saving the patient money and pain.
  • The FDA approved a 3-D Printed Plastic Vertebrae in 2015. This device is a load bearing design that will replace damaged or unstable vertebrae.

These are just two of some of the innovations that use plastics in bettering our everyday lives.


Plastics are Part of Everyday Living

From the Rio Olympics 2016 to new and innovative approaches in the medical fields, recycling, innovation and re-using of plastics have become an everyday event.

How would you make a difference in your everyday life?

  • You could use plastic bottles for vertical gardens
  • With some sewing skills, you can transform bottles to purses
  • Make imaginative toys for your kids
  • When you have enough plastic bottles, you could always investigate     whether you could implement the brainchild of Andreas Froese[1], a German architect and environmental entrepreneur, and construct your home using plastic bottles as bricks.

We are proud to be part of an industry that is always looking for innovative and affordable ways to enhance people’s lives.

Plas-Pak provides services to the Mining and Construction-, Agri-chemical-, Cosmetic and Personal Care-, Food and Beverage-, Oils and Fuels-, Household Product Packaging-, Pharmaceutical- and the Industrial Chemical industries. Our services range from Product-Design-Solutions, Plastic Blow Moulding (or Blow Forming), Plastic-Injection-Moulding, In-house Labelling, Assembly, Stock-Holding and Delivery.