Whether we’re aware of it or not, we rely on plastic products everyday. From makeup and kitchenware to medical tools and storage, this amazing material has completely changed our world — but as our reliance on these products increase, so must our awareness. While we use “plastic” as a blanket term, there are many different types of plastics.
We’re going to take a close look at recycling polypropylene and the many uses of the plastic polypropylene (PP), found in everything from bottle caps, straws and disposable diapers, but more importantly we’re going to review the strategies for its re-use and recycling so we can better protect our environment.
Polypropylene, which is often shortened to “PP,” is a thermoplastic polymer which is widely used for many, many applications. It’s also used by many industries, including automotive, medical and retail to create many types of products. For example, polypropylene fabric is used to create textiles for upholstery, industrial, and manufacturing. As a result, PP recycling has become an integral part of the industries. Because polypropylene material is so adaptable, PP can be recycled into many different types of products, including fibers for clothing, industrial materials, kitchenware and more. However, in order to make sure you recycle PP properly, it’s important to understand the limitations of polypropylene recycling.