Innovating with Plastics

Innovating with Plastics

This bi-monthly blog series will focus on the growing global issue of plastic waste in the environment. In it, we will discuss the threat plastic waste poses to the environment and economies around the globe, solutions on the horizon, as well as companies and organizations that are, like Resinate, working to make a difference.

In a world where one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute and five trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year1, it seems impossible to manage the amount of plastic waste being generated. An Ellen Macarthur Foundation report found that most plastic packaging is only used once – resulting in $80-120 billion in value of plastic packaging material lost annually. Innovation is the key to capturing this value and preventing plastic waste from becoming even more ubiquitous in the natural environment.

Eastman recently launched ‘carbon renewal technology’ that is capable of recycling some of the most difficult plastic waste, including flexible packaging and plastic films like grocery bags. Their innovative technology would allow this waste to be diverted from landfills and converted into building blocks for products like methyl acetate, acetic acid, and acetic anhydride. These valuable molecules are then used to manufacture cellulosic performance films for items such as eyeglass frames and LCD screens. Eastman has now completed pilot tests and expects commercial production this year by leveraging existing assets.

Polyethylene (used for grocery and trash bags, bubble wrap, flexible packaging, etc.) accounts for a third of all plastics produced globally. 97% of post-consumer plastic films end up in landfills and oceans, making films the most prevalently found marine plastic pollution.2 A California based company, Biocellection, has created an innovative process that turns this plastic waste into chemical intermediates including succinic acid, adipic acid, and azelaic acid. These materials are typically produced using petroleum – but this solution replaces fossil fuel with one of the most common, and difficult to recycle types of plastic waste.

In order to move toward a circular economy for plastics, we need to make the process of recycling more efficient. Ocean Optics is working to improve the sorting step of this process with near-infrared spectroscopy. By measuring the spectral differences between the polymer types that make up different types of plastics, this technology makes sorting more accurate and effective. This results in both lower costs and purer, more consistent material for recycling which can then be taken downstream for value-added materials.

At Resinate, we continue to develop innovative products that create a circular economy for plastics, upcycling them into polyols for higher-value applications. We are passionate about our work and the problem it aims to help solve – thus are always thinking about ways to find solutions for plastic waste, and continuously seek opportunities to collaborate.

Mike Christy
Technical Account Manager

 

1. https://www.unenvironment.org/interactive/beat-plastic-pollution/
2. http://www.closedlooppartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/FilmRecyclingInvestmentReport_Final.pdf

Resinate Materials Group® Welcomed Congresswoman Haley Stevens

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Resinate Materials Group® Welcomed Congresswoman Haley Stevens

Plymouth, MI. (August 22, 2019) — Resinate Materials Group was pleased to welcome Congresswoman Haley Stevens for a discussion on the future of sustainable chemistry and plastics waste during a tour of their facility on Wednesday, August 21.

Congresswoman Stevens is a member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan’s 11th congressional district – home to Resinate’s headquarters and R&D Center. Stevens sits on the House Committee on Education & Labor, and the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology, where she also serves as Chairwoman of the Research & Technology Subcommittee.

Stevens is a cosponsor of Bill H.R. 2051, which proposes federal coordination of activities supporting sustainable chemistry.  “As a pioneer in green chemistry, Resinate was pleased to host Representative Stevens and discuss the importance of this bill, as well as express support of her efforts to address the global issue of plastic waste and the development of a national recycling strategy” stated Resinate CEO, Brian Chermside.

Representative Stevens in summarizing the visit highlighted that she is “looking forward to partnering on future recycling and green manufacturing efforts”!

About Resinate Materials Group
Resinate Materials Group is committed to advancing the use of recycled content in specialty polyols, the backbone of materials such as coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers, and foams. Since 2007, Resinate has been innovating ways to divert landfill waste, extend the lifecycle of finite resources, and upcycle used molecules into valuable green chemistry solutions.

For more information, contact Resinate at +1 (800) 891-2955, or visit www.resinateinc.com.

Terms and Conditions of Sales

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALES

1.  Formation of Contract.

(a)    All goods sold by Resinate are subject to these Terms and Conditions (these “Conditions”). Any term or condition of Buyer’s purchase order or any other document provided to us by Buyer which is in any way different from, inconsistent with or in addition to these Conditions will not become a part of the Contract or be binding upon Resinate without Resinate’s prior written consent. Resinate’s failure to object to terms contained in any communication from Buyer will not be a waiver of these Conditions. Buyer will not condition any acceptance of delivery upon the abrogation or modification of any of these Conditions. Consequently, if the Buyer orders any goods from Resinate (“Goods”), and Resinate sends an Order Acceptance to Buyer, it will always be on the basis that these Conditions govern the contract made by Resinate and Buyer (“Contract”).

(b)    Where any of these Conditions allow a matter to be agreed in writing by Resinate then, unless otherwise stated, such agreement may be given by an Officer of Resinate. These Conditions may not be varied except in writing and signed by an Officer of Resinate.

2.  Prices. All prices published by Resinate or quoted by its representative may be changed at any time without notice. Written quotations expire automatically 90 days from the date issued and are subject to change or termination by notice prior to Buyer’s acceptance during that period. All prices will be as specified by Resinate or, if no price has been specified or quoted, will be Resinate’s price in effect at the time of delivery. All prices are exclusive of all excise, sales, use, transfer and other taxes and duties imposed with respect to the Goods or their sale by any governmental authority, all of which taxes and duties will be paid by Buyer and will be added to the price of the Goods.

3.  Terms of Payment. All orders are subject to Resinate’s approval and acceptance. Resinate reserves the right to reject any orders for any reason. Buyer will pay for the Goods, without any deduction or set-off, within 30 days of the date of Resinate’s invoice for the Goods. Resinate reserves the right, in Resinate’s sole discretion, to require payment on a COD basis, to require full or partial payment in advance or to revoke any credit previously extended. To the extent permitted by applicable law, overdue payments will be subject to finance charges computed at a rate of 2% per month (24% per year). Buyer will also pay or reimburse Resinate for all costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) incurred or paid by Resinate in collecting amounts due from Buyer or in enforcing Buyer’s obligations hereunder. If Buyer fails to comply with the terms of payment or, with any of these Conditions, Resinate will have the right to withhold further deliveries and to cancel the unfilled portion of any order, and all unpaid accounts will thereupon become due and payable, without prejudice to any claims for damages Resinate may be entitled to make.

4.  Delivery. All sales are Incoterms Ex Works Resinate’s manufacturing facility (which may be a third party contract manufacturer) and the date of delivery is the date when the Goods are ready for pickup at that location by Buyer or by a carrier for delivery to Buyer. Resinate will use reasonable efforts to meet requested delivery dates, but Resinate will not be liable for any loss or damage resulting from any delay in delivery or failure to deliver. If Resinate is unable to meet a delivery date, Resinate will inform Buyer as soon as reasonably possible. If Resinate does not notify Buyer of such inability, Buyer can terminate the Contract. If Buyer fails to take delivery of Goods on the date of delivery, Buyer will be liable for all costs and expenses incurred by Resinate in holding or storing Goods for Buyer.

5.  Title and Risk of Loss. Title to and risk of loss or damage for Goods will pass to Buyer upon Resinate’s delivery to Buyer or a carrier for shipment to Buyer.

6.  Cancellations. No orders may be cancelled after Buyer has received an Order Acceptance from Resinate.

7.  Warranty; Indemnification.

(a)    Resinate represents and warrants that, as of the time and at the place of delivery, (i) Resinate has the right to convey good title to the Goods and (ii) the Goods delivered will conform to the specifications listed on the applicable data sheet provided by Resinate to Buyer. EXCEPT FOR THE FOREGOING, RESINATE DISCLAIMS, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, ANY AND ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

(b)    Buyer must notify Resinate promptly in writing of any action (and all prior related claims) brought against Buyer based on a claim that the Goods infringe any valid United States patent, copyright or trade secret. Resinate will defend such action at Resinate’s expense and, subject to Paragraph 8 below, pay all costs and damages finally awarded in such action or settlement which are attributable to such claim. Resinate will have sole control of the defense of any such action and all negotiations for its settlement or compromise. Buyer will cooperate fully with Resinate in the defense, settlement or compromise of any such action. If a final injunction is obtained against Buyer’s use of the Goods by reason of infringement of a valid United States patent, copyright or trade secret, or if in Resinate’s opinion any Goods is likely to become the subject of a successful claim of such infringement, Resinate may, at its option and expense, (i) procure for Buyer the rights to continue using the Goods, or (ii) accept the return of the Goods and refund Buyer the purchase price therefor plus the cost of return. Resinate may withhold or cancel further shipments of any such Goods.

(c)    Resinate will not have any liability to Buyer to the extent that any infringement or claim thereof is based upon (i) the use of the Goods in combination with other materials where the Goods would not themselves be infringing, or (ii) use of the Goods in an environment for which it was not designed.

8.   Limitation of Liability.

(a)    Resinate will not, under any circumstances, be liable on account of any non-material imperfection, defect or deviation from specifications, or a less than 5% deviation in the volume of Goods purchased. No sale of goods is guaranteed to comply with previous deliveries of similar goods. In addition, any claim by Buyer (i) that any Goods do not conform to the agreed-specifications or (ii) made otherwise with respect to the Goods must be made promptly and will be deemed to be waived unless received, in writing, by Resinate within thirty (30) days after the delivery of the Goods.

(b)    Buyer’s exclusive remedy and Resinate’s exclusive liability for delivery of nonconforming Goods or for breach of warranty is expressly limited to, at Resinate’s option, (i) replacement of the nonconforming Goods or (ii) refund of the purchase price to the extent already paid plus the cost of freight required for return delivery. All nonconforming Goods must be returned to Resinate or, at Resinate’s direction, disposed of by Buyer in a manner acceptable to Buyer and Resinate. IN NO EVENT WILL RESINATE BE LIABLE TO BUYER, OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY, FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES OF WHATSOEVER NATURE.

9.    Compliance with Laws. Buyer will comply with all applicable governmental laws, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations and orders in its performance hereunder, and will obtain all permits or licenses required in connection with the purchase, shipment, installation and use of any of the Goods. Buyer warrants to Resinate that it will not cause the Goods sold hereunder to be shipped to, or resold for shipment to, any country the shipment of Goods to which is barred by United States export regulations.

10.    Force Majeure. If Resinate is prevented from performing, or is unable to perform, any of its obligations hereunder due to any cause beyond its reasonable control, and if Resinate has used reasonable efforts to minimize its duration and has given prompt written notice to Buyer, then Resinate’s failure to perform will be excused and the time for performance will be extended for the period of delay or inability to perform due to such cause.

11.    Governing Law; Venue. All matters relating to or arising out of the Contract and the rights of the parties will be governed by and construed and interpreted under the laws of the State of Michigan without regard to conflicts of laws principles. Any disputes involving the Contract (whether sounding in contract, tort or otherwise) will be settled in binding arbitration using the Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association, and any such arbitration will be held in Detroit, Michigan.

12.    Severability. If one or more provisions of the Contract are held to be unenforceable under applicable law, such provision will be excluded from the Contract and the balance of the Contract will be interpreted as if such provision was so excluded and will be enforceable in accordance with its terms.

13.    Successors and Assigns. The Contract will be binding upon and inure the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns; provided, however, that Buyer may not assign any of its rights, or delegate any of its duties or obligations under this Contract without the written consent of Resinate.

Resinate® Polyols for Direct to Metal Coating Applications Deliver Corrosion and Chemical Resistance

Resinate Materials Group, a company advancing the use of sustainable content in specialty chemicals, announced a line of polyols for direct to metal coating applications. As part of the company’s full line of high-performance polyols, the products provide well-balanced properties, including hardness and flexibility.

“These polyols have been formulated to meet the growing demand for high-performance coatings,” said Kris Weigal, Resinate Chief Commercial Officer. “Resinate polyols have been shown to perform as well, or better than, traditional polyols in coating applications.”

Resinate’s specialty polyols for direct to metal coatings are specifically designed for demanding applications where chemical and corrosion resistance are required. These sustainable polyols can be used alone, or as blending polyols to achieve required performance requirements. For more information, or to request a copy of Resinate’s direct to metal coating sell sheets, visit the company website at www.resinateinc.com.