Green Styrene: Product Examples
The many manufacturers of styrene-based products are working to reduce their environmental footprint by:
- Using fewer natural resources, such as water and energy;
- Reducing the amount of styrene-based material needed to do the same job; and
- Lowering the amount of energy needed to deliver products to market through weight reductions and packaging efficiencies.
In addition, styrene contributes to sustainability through its use in the production of many modern engineering marvels, including products that are essential for renewable energy, safety and recreation.
Wind Turbine Blades
The attributes of styrene-based composites allow wind turbines to be lighter, more efficient and relatively inexpensive to manufacture.
Automotive Body Parts
The styrene-derived composite body of cars is lighter than other materials and helps increase the energy efficiency.
The durable and rust-resistant nature of styrene-based composites allows bridges to last much longer without expensive repairs.
Energy-efficient Building Insulation
Styrene-based insulation allows for minimal thermal transmission, keeping cool and warm air where we want them to be. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil-fuel based power generation.
Polymers made from styrene improve durability of rubber tires and increase fuel-efficiency. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil-fuel based power generation.
Food Preserving Containers
Styrene-based plastics can withstand both high and low temperatures, be molded into nearly any desirable form and are inexpensive compared to other food packaging alternatives.
Latexes made with styrene are flexible and durable, extending the life of carpet and consequently decreasing the cost of maintenance over time.
DID YOU KNOW?
When you watch the blades of a giant wind turbine turning high above the rim of a hill, it is quite likely those blades and other key turbine parts are made from a styrene- based composite. In fact, styrene composites are central to the production of “green” energy, including solar panels.