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Plastic Spools : Using Recycled Plastic in the Manufacturing

23rd Jan 2023 | 3 min read

The use of recycled plastic in the manufacturing of plastic spools for various applications such as packaging for welding wire, bare copper wire, fine wire, magnet wire, rope, cored, cable, hose, tubing, and other materials, has been gaining popularity as industries strive to meet sustainability goals and reduce costs. Recycled plastic, also known as post-consumer plastic, is plastic that has been processed and cleaned to remove impurities, making it suitable for use in new products. The mechanical properties of recycled plastic, such as its tensile strength and impact resistance, are comparable to those of virgin plastic, ensuring that the end product, the plastic spool, will perform in the same way as one made with virgin plastic.

The use of post-consumer recycled plastic can decrease the reliance on virgin plastic, which is typically more expensive, and thus, reduce the overall production cost. Additionally, recycling plastic conserves resources, as it reduces the need to extract fossil fuels, which are used to make virgin plastic, and it reduces waste sent to landfills. The cost of recycled plastic is also more stable and predictable, as it is based on the cost of collecting and processing the plastic, rather than the price of oil. This allows manufacturers to budget and plan more effectively, as they can more accurately predict the cost of their raw materials.


Post-consumer recycled plastic is a great alternative to virgin plastic for the environment

The production of virgin plastic consumes non-renewable resources, generates pollution, and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling plastic reduces the need for virgin plastic and reduces waste, making it a more sustainable option. Our company has a proven track record in creating plastic spools using recycled plastic, specifically Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). ABS is known for its strength and durability, making it an ideal material for creating spools that will withstand heavy use. HIPS, on the other hand, is known for its impact resistance and flexibility, making it suitable for creating spools that will hold materials that are prone to bending or twisting.

Manufacturers can also use a process called “closed-loop recycling” in which the recycled plastic is used to create new products in the same industry, resulting in zero waste. This is an efficient way of using the plastic and conserving resources.

In conclusion, the use of recycled plastic in the manufacturing of plastic spools is a critical step towards meeting sustainability goals and reducing costs. Our company has a proven track record in creating plastic spools using recycled ABS and HIPS plastic. These plastics have the same material performance as virgin plastic and the closed-loop recycling process can be seen as an advantage to decrease the need of virgin plastic and conserve resources. The use of recycled plastic is a cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly alternative to virgin plastic. It also provides a level of price stability that virgin plastic cannot match, helping manufacturers to budget and plan more effectively.