Did you know that there are some environmental benefits of using acrylics?

At Abplas we are committed to evaluating the environmental impact of the plastics we use. We only use suppliers who have their own environmental and sustainability policies, and we continually try to improve and reduce environmental impacts. Acrylic is one type of plastic we regularly supply and use greatly to fabricate with. Acrylic has several environmental benefits. Some of the environmental benefits of using acrylics are as follows:

Insulation

  • The thermal conductivity of acrylic is about one sixth of that of glass
  • In glazing applications, the heat loss through Perspex is around 8% less than glass

 

Non-toxic

  • Non-toxic to aquatic organisms and inert in the environment
  • Suitable for food contact
  • No dioxins given off in a fire

 

Durability

  • Outstanding durability extends the life of many products
  • Longer lifespan means less frequent replacement

 

High Molecular Weight

  • Unrivaled weatherability
  • Good chemical resistance

 

Weight

  • Half the weight of glass
  • Lower transportation costs and therefore lower carbon dioxide emissions
  • Significant savings in structural support components when used in construction

 

Unrivalled weatherability

  • Good chemical resistance

 

Recycling

  • Acrylic is easy to reuse and recycle
  • PMMA (poly-methyl methacrylate can be readily recycled back to the original raw material ‘monomer’ – regardless of colour or aesthetic effect.

 

We, at Abplas, are dedicated to reducing waste, increasing efficiency and reusing and recycling waste where ever possible. We will always try to get the maximum amount of usage out of each sheet of material thus producing as little waste as we can.

As part of our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of the plastics we offer free recycling of any acrylic or polycarbonate purchased from us. If you are looking for a product for short term use we will generally recommend you using acrylic or polycarbonate due to their recycling properties.