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Organoclays Could Create Next-Gen Eco Plastics

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 26, 2010 @ 5:00 pm In Green Materials | No Comments

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Clay [2]: it’s good for more than just pottery. A report in the American Chemical Society’s Macromolecules journal claims that natural clay could be used to produce a cheap, flame-retardant substance that might one day replace the main compound used in plastic [3] nanocomposites. Eco-friendly superplastics could, in other words, soon be on their way.

Researchers report that even small amounts of quaternary amine-treated organoclay can make plastic [4] strong, resistant to ultraviolet light and chemical damage, and flame-retardant. In the past, these organoclays have been difficult to produce [5] due to health and environmental hazards.

But the newly discovered organoclay contains a common flame retardant (resorcinol diphenyl phosphate) that is safer to handle, produces less dust [6], and can be mass-produced. The new organoclays can also be used in styrene plastic [7], unlike traditional quaternary amine-treated organoclay.

We’d love to see plastics [8] disappear altogether, but in the meantime, less toxic and more sustainable materials sound good to us.

Via ScienceDaily [9]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/26/organoclays-could-create-next-gen-eco-plastics/organoclay/

[2] Clay: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F06%2F03%2Ffarestudioss-inspiring-womens-clinic-in-west-africa%2Fclay_bricks_were_made_from_soil_and_cement_%2F&ei=sexNTLGPMYagsQO-3_S7Cw&usg=AFQjCNETxP0pKBTHEfs2mfrw4uZQDs-ybw

[3] plastic: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2010%2F03%2F17%2Faffresol-makes-modular-homes-out-of-recycled-plastic%2F&ei=4exNTJ-sLYi6sQOmn8FJ&usg=AFQjCNFlQZxmDElbmSPN4Akg7mKJeOTIZQ

[4] plastic: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/03/stunning-chandelier-made-from-recycled-plastic-hangers/&sa=X&ei=4exNTJ-sLYi6sQOmn8FJ&ved=0CBsQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNHb6ZFPvcEIRI-pZ7gklxRqKrVfPA

[5] produce: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/28/loto-chandeliers-made-from-recycled-plastic-bottles/&sa=X&ei=4exNTJ-sLYi6sQOmn8FJ&ved=0CBwQzgQoATAA&usg=AFQjCNGvcjb1jYF8FzEy1Ctw1G279wTAcw

[6] dust: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBgQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inhabitat.com%2F2010%2F05%2F03%2Fpixie-dust-used-to-regrow-limbs-of-wounded-soldiers%2F&ei=UO1NTPKXOIT4swOQrvlI&usg=AFQjCNGMc1JtBPCtjK-WmUbTtJkyzplajw

[7] plastic: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CCQQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F05%2F11%2Fwaste-combustor-turns-plastic-into-clean-energy%2F&ei=Je1NTPukJ4yosQPAl_1I&usg=AFQjCNEuCZanDqdJd7SZ2-97PXtzTgU5RQ

[8] plastics: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=7&ved=0CDAQFjAG&url=http%3A%2F%2Finhabitat.com%2F2010%2F06%2F03%2Fcalifornia-assembly-votes-to-ban-single-use-plastic-grocery-bags%2F&ei=Je1NTPukJ4yosQPAl_1I&usg=AFQjCNHGyUG2tKoRbL3Eur6R9ss5qOX2ZQ

[9] ScienceDaily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100721133221.htm

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