Bioballs: Made with Polypropylene

What is Polypropylene?

Polypropylene is a type of thermoplastic (heat formed) polymer resin. The chemical designation is C3H6. One of the benefits of using this type of plastic is that it can be useful in numerous applications including as a structural plastic or as a fiber-type plastic.

The uses of polypropylene are numerous because of how versatile this product is. According to some reports, the global market for this plastic is about $65 billion. It is used in products such as the following:

  • Plastic parts – from toys to automobile products
  • Carpeting – in all forms of carpeting, area rugs and in upholstery
  • Reusable products – especially in containers and similar products
  • Paper – used in various applications for stationery and other writing bindings
  • Technology – commonly found in loudspeakers and similar types of equipment
  • Laboratory equipment – in virtually every aspect where plastics are found

Benefits of Polypropylene –
The use of polypropylene in everyday applications occurs because of how versatile this plastic is. For example, it has a high melting point compared to similarly weighted plastics. As a result, this product works very well for use in food containers where temperatures can reach high levels – such as microwaves and in dishwashers. With a melting point of 320 degrees F, it is easy to see why this application makes sense.

One of the benefits it offers to manufacturers is the ability to add dye to it. It can be colored in various ways without degrading the quality of the plastic. This is also one of the reasons it is commonly used to make up the fibers in carpeting. It also adds strength and durability to the carpeting. This type of carpeting can be found effective for use not only indoors but also outdoors, where damage from the sun and elements doesn’t affect it as readily as other types of plastics.

Other benefits include the following:

  • It does not absorb water like other plastics.
  • It does not mold or otherwise deteriorate in the presence of bacteria, mold or other elements.
  • Newer versions contain an elastic element to them. This gives them a rubber-like composition and opens the door for new uses.
  • It is unlikely to shatter and will take significant damage prior to breaking.
  • It is lightweight and very flexible.



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