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Trinseo introduces acrylic series containing recycled PMMA content
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:11.Aug.2022

Trinseo announces ALTUGLAS R-Life Acrylics, its new series of sustainably-advantaged materials for the European marketplace. ALTUGLAS R-Life is an umbrella brand that will include chemically and mechanically recycled, reused, and bio-based polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) for cast and extruded sheets, resins, and compounds.


The series launched with the following:


  • ALTUGLAS R-Life Extruded Acrylic Sheets – with a minimum of 75% mechanically recycled, reused PMMA scrap material

  • ALTUGLAS R-Life Cast Acrylic Sheets – with a minimum 75% chemically recycled PMMA cast sheet

  • ALTUGLAS R-Life Acrylic Resins – with both 50% and 80% chemically recycled monomer from PMMA waste


The materials can be used in a broad range of application areas in Retail/POS, Lighting, Interior Architecture, Furniture and Design, Building and Construction, and Transportation.


“With ALTUGLAS R-Life we look at sustainability broadly -- as any number of solutions that might enable a customer to achieve positive sustainability outcomes,” shared Aldo Zanetti, Global Sustainability Manager, Engineered Materials. “We plan for ALTUGLAS R-Life to be a growing and dynamic series; proven, with scientific tools such as LCA, to have a measurable environmental impact.”


Trinseo launches ALTUGLAS R-Life Acrylics that include recycled, reused, and bio-based solutions.

For each ALTUGLAS R-Life sustainable solution, the Global Warming Potential (GWP) was calculated through a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). By replacing fossil with sustainable content there is a reduction in GWP of 35% for cast sheets with 75% sustainable content and 53% for extruded sheets with 75% sustainable content, and 24% for resins with 50% sustainable content resins and 38% with 80% sustainable content.


ALTUGLAS R-Life Extruded Acrylic Sheets is an ALTUGLAS CO2NET product with CO2 emissions reduction greater than 50% over its virgin, fossil-based equivalent.


Both chemically recycled ALTUGLAS R-Life Cast Acrylic Sheets and Acrylic Resins as well as mechanically recycled, reused ALTUGLAS R-Life Extruded Acrylic Sheets are processed with technology that assures the same mechanical, aesthetic, and optical properties of a fossil equivalent.


The chemically recycling method used involves PMMA waste depolymerization where the material is converted to its original methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer. The series joins Trinseo’s broad portfolio of sustainably-advantaged materials.


ALTUGLAS R-Life extruded sheets, resins, and compounds are produced at Trinseo’s Rho plant, Italy and ALTUGLAS R-Life cast sheets are made at the company’s Saint-Avold, France, and Brondeslev, Denmark locations.



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