Drink Spillers, Rejoice! Stain-Proof Carpet Made With Recycled Resins
Seems like almost anything can be made from recycled materials these days -- even modular carpets, which are fast becoming the leading trend in commercial and institutional carpeting.
Seems like almost anything can be made from recycled materials these days — even modular carpets, which are fast becoming the leading trend in commercial and institutional carpeting.
Case in point: modular carpet manufacturer Interface Americas, Inc. has just brought its Convert carpet line to market, made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) nylon fiber, and with recycled additives supplied by Sabic Innovative Plastics.
Sabic’s new Valox iQ 2205HV environmentally progressive, high performance resin is used as a critical additive to provide strong, consistent color in the Convert carpets, and also to maximize PCR content.
Valox iQ resin is comprised of up to 65 per cent discarded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles upcycled to produce polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), resulting in a reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions up to 55 to 75 per cent lower than that of regular PBT resin.
According to Sabic, Valox iQ 2205HV is highly effective in dispersing pigment throughout the polymer melt to produce consistent, vivid colors — what flooring and carpet industry insiders call “color pop” — with lower loadings of expensive colorants. And don’t worry if you drop your drink; Valox iQ resin provides permanent resistance to staining from acidic substances such as coffee, fruit juice and even red wine.
“Valox iQ resin was developed as an environmentally responsible solution by incorporating upcycled PET bottle content,” said Richard Crosby, Sabic’s global product marketing and technology leader. “Now, it’s being used as an important additive that can be used in almost any market where compounded materials need superior pigment dispersion and molded-in color.”
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