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Plastic Waste Turned Into Armored Panels, Fleece Jackets

protomax_plastics.jpgProtomax Plastics, a Welsh engineering company, says it has developed machinery that can turn mixed plastic trash into bullet- and fireproof panels that can be used by the military for construction of lightweight Kevlar protected panels. The technology is expected to go into production in January 2009.

“This technology has a wide range of applications, from construction of modular housing to materials for the automotive, security and defense sectors,” said Nick Stillwell, Managing Director of Protomax. “The panels can be produced on-site using local waste material, since the technology is easily transported and the panels are light and easy to handle, allowing quicker assembly than with traditional building materials.”

In other plastic-related news, Aquafina, Sam’s Club and Keep America Beautiful announced that 189 million bottles were recycled by local communities and schools during Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup that took place in the Spring.

The organization says a total of 25,000 fleece jackets made from recycled plastic bottle material have been distributed to the 100 schools that collected the most bottles. In addition, the top 50 schools received a $1,000 Sam’s Club Gift Card.

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