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JUL 2018

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Calif., facility, Savvas Roubanis, a sales engineer at Techmer's Rancho Dominguez, Calif., plant, led the efforts to devise a solution using Techmer PM's proprietary dispersion technology. "Compounding of the recipe required additional process design to assure the metallic and pearlescent-effect pigments could be smoothly compounded into Envision's OceanBound Plastic," Roubanis says. "In the end, we were able to fully disperse and develop the color and its appearance to the approval of the Primal Group." OCEAN-BOUND PLASTICS SUPPLY CHAIN Envision Plastics also worked with Dell Technologies, Round Rock, Texas, on its first ocean-bound plastic packaging pilot in 2017 using the material as part of a new global pack- aging system for the Dell XPS 13 2-In-1 laptop. For this project, 25% ocean plastic gathered from Haiti was mixed with other recycled HDPE from sources like bottles and food-storage containers. In 2017, Dell pledged to increase the annual use of ocean- bound plastic 10-fold by 2025. The company also committed to open-source its supply chain to encourage and enable broad usage of ocean-bound plastics. During the 2018 Re-focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit at NPE2018, Oliver Campbell, Dell's director of worldwide procurement & packaging, detailed the ocean-bound plastic supply chain and emphasized that it could be applied to other industries. "I really want to stress that this is not a novelty or a vanity-type project," Campbell told Plastics Technology. "We took a cold business eye to it about how to solve multiple problems—how to use ocean plastic, intercepting plastic before it goes into the oceans, and how to make it economically feasible. We believe we've done that." Campbell says that Dell will expand use of ocean- bound plastics to the rest of its XPS NB line this year. And in 2019, Dell plans to use the material in addi- tional products. While the initial project focused on Haiti, the company is shifting to Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia and India, due to how much marine debris is accumulated there, as well as a cost benefit. "Many people believe that sustainability costs more, and we are here to say that if it's done correctly, it costs less and can also be a brand advantage," Campbell says. "This is something customers love and a big win for planet." To expand on the ocean plastic project, Dell and Lonely Whale, an ocean conservation group based in N.Y.C. and Seattle (lonely- whale.org), have formed a collaborative and open-source initiative In 2017, Dell pledged to increase the annual use of ocean-bound plastic 10-fold by 2025. MORE THAN JUST STORAGE! Manage your inventory Become better organized Protect your investment Create a safer working environment Our mold management systems are designed to save you space, time & money. GO FROM THIS TO THIS! Visit our website or give us a call to learn more about how we can help you with your die or mold management needs. 716.822.2804 www.PTM.Rapistak.com 32 JULY 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com OCE AN PL A S TIC S

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