Gary Spilman, Ph.D. to Present at 2019 Western Coatings Symposium

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Gary Spilman, Ph.D. to Present at 2019 Western Coatings Symposium

Resinate Materials Group, a company advancing the use of recycled content in specialty polyols, is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Spilman, Research Fellow, will present at the 2019 Western Coatings Symposium.

Dr. Spilman’s presentation, titled Unlocking Additional Benefits in Sustainability: Synergies of Biorenewable with Recycle Content for the Future of Performance Coatings, will review how Resinate has achieved polyol and coating innovations using recycled and renewable content. Resinate will be exhibiting in booth 206 this year.

Western Coatings Symposium, an annual technical conference for the coatings industry, will bring academics and scientists together on October 20-23, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Spilman is scheduled to present at 1:45 p.m., on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. For more information, or to register, visit www.westerncoatings.org/.

 

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.

Resinate Materials Group® Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Resinate Materials Group Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

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Plymouth, MI. (December 5, 2018) — Resinate Materials Group® announced today that it has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label on five additional products. 13 Resinate® products are now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content.

The following Resinate products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label:

  • Resinate C3851-100 Low Viscosity Building Block Polyol
    • 53% biobased content
  • Resinate C1181-100 High Flexibility Modifying Polyol
    • 60% biobased content
  • Resinate C1182-100 Mid-Flexibility Modifying Polyol
    • 48% biobased content
  • Resinate C2052-60 Mid Viscosity Polyol for Floor Coatings
    • 62% biobased content
  • Resinate C2051-50 Low Viscosity Polyol for Floor Coatings
    • 52% biobased content
  • Resinate A0352-73 High-Performance Polyol for RHMA
    • 71% biobased content
  • Resinate A0353-75 Multi-Purpose Polyol for RHMA
    • 67% biobased content
  • Resinate A2553-76 Multi-Purpose Polyol for Solventless Adhesives
    • 50% biobased content
  • Resinate A2551-100 Polyol for Solventless Adhesives
    • 51% biobased content
  • Resinate A2552-100 High Recycled Content Polyol for Solventless Adhesives
    • 28% biobased content
  • Resinate F0651-81 Flex Foam Polyester Polyol
    • 67% biobased content
  • Resinate F0701-79 Polyol for Flexible Foam Applications
    • 60% biobased content
  • Resinate F0702-82 Polyol for Flexible Foam Applications
    • 59% biobased content

Third-party verification for a product’s biobased content is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, an initiative created by the 2002 Farm Bill (and most recently expanded by the 2014 Farm Bill). One of the goals of the BioPreferred Program is to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.

The USDA Certified Biobased Product label displays a product’s biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Utilizing renewable, biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals. Biobased products, through petroleum displacement, have played an increasingly important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate global climate change.

Biobased products are cost-comparative, readily available, and perform as well as or better than their conventional counterparts.

“We applaud Resinate Materials Group for earning the USDA Certified Biobased Product label,” said Kate Lewis, USDA BioPreferred Program. “Products from Resinate are contributing to an ever-expanding marketplace that adds value to renewable agriculture commodities, creates jobs in rural communities, and decreases our reliance on petroleum.”

According to a report that USDA released in 2015, biobased products contributed $369 billion to the U.S. economy in 2013 and support, directly and indirectly, 4 million jobs. The same report found that biobased products also displace approximately 300 million gallons of petroleum per year in the U.S., which is the equivalent of taking 200,000 cars off the road. The increased production of renewable chemicals and biobased products contributes to the development and expansion of the U.S. bioeconomy – where society looks to agriculture for sustainable sources of fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials.

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.

From Medical Packaging Waste to High-Performance Coatings; A Case Study

From Medical Packaging Waste to High-Performance Coatings; A Case Study

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council states that healthcare facilities in the United States generate approximately 14,000 tons of waste per day, most of which is being disposed of in landfills or by incineration. It is estimated that 25% of this is plastic packaging and plastic products.1 In fact, according to BCC Research, more than 10 billion pounds of plastic healthcare packaging was placed on the market in 2013 and only 14% of that was collected for recycling.2

Hospitals say the waste is stockpiling because balancing patient safety, cost and sustainability is difficult. It doesn’t help that haulers and recyclers often have concerns about and shy away from healthcare waste – even though the World Health Organization estimates that 85% of hospital waste is noninfectious.3  Concerns grew at the beginning of 2018, when China placed an import ban on 24 types of recyclable materials, including plastics used in soda bottles, as part of an environmental reform movement designed to deal with its own growing waste problems.4

As we have seen in other markets, creating a successful circular economy for healthcare plastics will require educating and collaborating across the entire value chain. Hospital environments are busy and intense, so it needs to be simple and easy for employees to properly dispose of and sort the recyclable materials. Training may be needed on this subject, and champions are critical. Antea Group suggests starting with a few items and gradually adding other materials.2 However, the hesitation from some recyclers and haulers mentioned above will need to be addressed, and we must continue to seek new outlets for this and other recycled material.

Because of our commitment to the circular economy and solving the broader plastic waste problem, the team at Resinate was willing to help when the Plastics Industry Association and the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council reached out to us with a project.5

The overall goal of the project was to determine if PETG scrap from healthcare facilities, which have a significant embedded energy history and environmental footprint, can be upcycled into valuable assets. The data from this project showed promising performance from the resulting recycled PETG polyols. While much work remains to streamline this process across the value chain, it is now believed that this material could be used to create high-performing polyols for adhesives, sealants, elastomers, foams, and melamine-based coatings.  

To learn more about this project, view the recycling today article here.

Rick Tabor
Chief Technology Officer

 

1. https://www.hprc.org/about-hprc   2. https://www.plasticstoday.com/medical/healthcare-plastics-recycling-project-identifies-challenges-opportunities/91876758547448   3. http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/health-care-waste   4. https://www.eesi.org/articles/view/turning-chinas-ban-of-recyclable-imports-into-americas-opportunity   5. https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/petg-medical-packaging-recycling/

Harnessing PET properties to fuel chemistry performance

Harnessing PET properties to fuel chemistry performance

Seed Phytonutrients, a division of L’Oréal USA, recently announced plans to launch paper-based packaging for in-shower products. The packaging, designed by Ecologic Brands, is designed to reduce the use of plastic.

Similarly, two other global iconic brands, Adidas and IKEA, have recently published their stated goals for the use of recycled or renewable materials in their products. Adidas has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024- thus eliminating the use of “virgin” plastic, including polyester- and in a foreshadowing of things to come, in 2016 launched the first mass-produced running shoe from recycled water bottles. IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer plans to use only renewable or recycled materials in its products by 2030.

At Resinate, we are sometimes asked whether the supply of recycled plastic content is sustainable enough to support green chemistry applications. The simple answer is yes. In fact, studies have repeatedly shown that less than 30% of plastic is collected for recycling at all, with some of that material diverted to landfills in the end. In short, the supply of plastic waste currently outpaces demand, creating a surplus of plastic available for recycling and upcycling efforts.

Resinate’s research and development is focused on harvesting valuable molecules from those plastic waste streams, for use in high-performance chemistry applications. We do that by thinking beyond recycling, harnessing the inherent performance properties of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) molecules found in plastic waste streams, such as water bottles and packaging. Those molecules are then upcycled, put to use in higher-value applications with expanded lifespans; applications like high-performance coatings and foams.

Why coatings?
The same properties that make PET perfect packaging material- toughness, flexibility, chemical resistance and stain resistance- make it an ideal building block for high-performance coatings. And, because coatings last decades, versus weeks or months in the case of water bottles, these upcycled molecules remain out of landfills and in service as high-performance materials.

At Resinate, we are excited to see our recycled-content polyols being used to create coatings for floors, furniture, and direct-to-metal applications, as well as specialty adhesives and foams. To discuss how Resinate® polyols can support your performance and sustainability goals, contact a member of our team.

Cayla Allen
Global Marketing Leader – Sustainable Polyols

Austin Ardanowski to Present at 2018 Coatings Trends & Technologies

Austin Ardanowski to Present at 2018 Coatings Trends & Technologies

Resinate Materials Group, a company advancing the use of recycled content in specialty polyols, is pleased to announce that Austin Ardanowski, Chemist, will present at the 2018 Coatings Trends and Technologies Conference.

Mr. Ardanowski’s presentation, titled Sustainable, Heat-Activated Assembly Coatings for PVC Substrates, will review how Resinate has achieved polyol and coating innovations using recycled and renewable content. Resinate will be exhibiting in booth 75 this year.

Coatings Trends and Technologies, an annual technical conference for the coating industry, will bring chemists, formulators, and R&D personnel together September 11 – 12, 2018, in Rosemont, Illinois. Mr. Ardanowski is scheduled to present at 10:50 a.m., on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. For more information, or to register, visit www.coatingsconference.com.

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.

Resinate Materials Group® Welcomes Jason Rochette, Ph.D. as Research Associate

Resinate Materials Group® Welcomes Jason Rochette, Ph.D. as Research Associate

Resinate Materials Group, a company advancing the use of recycled content in specialty polyols, has announced the hire of Jason Rochette as Senior Formulator. In this role, Dr. Rochette will be responsible for the development of high-performance, sustainable coating polyols.

“Jason brings extensive polymer and coating formulation experience to the Resinate team,” said Rick Tabor, Resinate Chief Technology Officer. “His experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow and expand our product lines.”

Prior to joining Resinate, Dr. Rochette worked with Ashland Specialty Ingredients as a Staff Scientist and then as a Scientist for AkzoNobel Coatings where he focused on polymer synthesis and technologies for coatings applications.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Polymer & Color Chemistry from North Carolina State University, as well as a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.

Performance. Value. Sustainability. A 3-Pillar Approach to Green Chemistry Design

Performance. Value. Sustainability.
A 3-Pillar Approach to Green Chemistry Design

As the world population continues to grow, demand for green and sustainable chemistry solutions is growing as well. Mining and material processing require consumption of fuel, water and, energy. In addition, U.S. landfills are reaching their storage limits, with some statistics estimating current status at 80% of capacity or more. It is generally agreed upon that consumers prefer green products, but if this is the case, why aren’t all companies dedicating their resources to incorporating greener materials in their products?

A study conducted by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council states that price and performance are the most cited reason for the slow adoption of green chemistry. This has been, quite understandably, proven true in our experience at Resinate as well. For this reason, our team has always taken a 3-pillar approach in green chemistry product development – Performance. Value. Sustainability.

As the previously mentioned study discusses, a new product or technology is typically introduced to, and adopted by, the market due to an improvement in price or performance. However, “the drive for green chemistry is often aimed at displacing a current technology that is working well. The new products may have a better EHS profile, but often are inferior in performance or higher cost.” This, combined with the time and cost of switching, often eliminates these greener products as an option for potential customers and makes them a hard sell.

At Resinate, we know that performance must always come first and that our products must be available at a comparable cost to those they are replacing. This is the reasoning behind the careful selection of our feedstocks, like recycled PET.

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is an excellent feedstock choice for several reasons. First, there is a plentiful supply, with millions of pounds ending up in landfills and our oceans each year. (If you haven’t had the chance to read National Geographic’s article, Planet or Plastic, I highly recommend it as it is very enlightening.) Also, PET is a high-performance engineering thermoplastic with excellent properties that we are able to leverage through our proprietary process. If you think about PET bottles, they are hard, tough, scratch and chemical resistant, hydrolytically stable, and have excellent barrier properties – an excellent starting point for CASE applications. The molecules we are able to harvest from this material are combined with other select components and our proven process to deliver higher-performance, sustainable products at a price comparable to the petroleum-based options currently in the market.

I look forward to hearing your approach and thoughts on this important and highly relevant topic. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or our team if you have any comments or questions.

Dr. Gary Spilman
Research Fellow

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Resinate Materials Group® Announces the Launch of a New Wholly-Owned Subsidiary, Starkweather Laboratories

Resinate Materials Group, a company advancing the use of recycled content in specialty polyols, is pleased to announce the launch of a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Starkweather Laboratories.  

Starkweather Laboratories leverages decades of expertise from the biggest names in the specialty chemicals industry to provide a variety of testing and consulting services to users, manufacturers and formulators of coatings, adhesives, polymers and specialty chemicals. These services include select best-in-class analytical and materials testing, material design and synthesis, custom research and development, and formulation optimization.

As The C.A.S.E. Experts, the Starkweather team understands what the challenges are, and has the expertise to not only identify them but assist in solving them.

To learn more, contact Starkweather Laboratories at +1 (734) 527-4080, or visit www.starkweatherlabs.com.

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.

Green Chemistry Curriculum for Advancement of Sustainable Innovation

Green Chemistry Curriculum for Advancement of Sustainable Innovation

As environmental and social consciousness continue to drive demand for green chemistry solutions, universities have a key role to play in preparing tomorrow’s chemists. I am excited to see schools across the country developing courses, certificate programs and full curriculums dedicated to sustainable and green chemistry design.

As a company on a mission to advance the use of recycled content in green chemistry solutions, the Resinate team has traveled the country to share our knowledge and inspire other companies to adopt more sustainable feedstock materials. We know, however, that real change comes when sustainability is built into the front-end of chemistry design. It is excellent to see that many companies and organizations are supporting universities as they prepare future chemists to do just that.

The American Chemical Society has several useful resources for anyone trying to teach, learn more about, or help advance education around green chemistry. One of my favorite pages from this portion of their website is a list of educational resources that includes activities and experiments grouped by student grade level as well as Green Chemistry Pocket Guides, amongst other excellent resources. They have also compiled a list of green chemistry academic programs in the United States. Many of the schools included in this list have an ACS Student Chapter that is eligible to win an award if they complete three or more green chemistry outreach or educational activities during the school year.

The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council is another organization working to support green chemistry education. They have established a policy statement on green chemistry in higher education that I strongly encourage you and your company to sign on in support of as we have at Resinate!

Rick Tabor
Chief Technology Officer

Gary Spilman, Ph.D. to Present at 2018 American Coatings Show

Gary Spilman, Ph.D. to Present at 2018 American Coatings Show

Resinate Materials Group, a company advancing the use of recycled content in specialty polyols, is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Spilman, Research Fellow, will present at the 2018 American Coatings Show.

Dr. Spilman’s presentation, titled Sustainable, Low Emissions, High-Performance Polyols for Wood Coatings, will review how Resinate has achieved polyol and coating innovations using recycled and renewable content. Resinate will be exhibiting in booth 2687 this year.

American Coatings Show and Conference, a biannual technical conference for the coating industry, will bring chemists, formulators, and R&D personnel together April 9 – 12, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Spilman is scheduled to present at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. For more information, or to register, visit www.american-coatings-show.com.

To register for free trade show admission, visit https://www.tradeshowregistrar.com/regsystem_rs/?event=ACS2018&brand=EB-312

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.