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Anti-Aging Additives in Packing Industry

The anti-aging additives in the packaging industry primarily serve the purpose of prolonging the service life of plastic materials. This is done by slowing down or preventing the formation of degradative substances in the plastic during its service life. In this article, we will be discussing the role of anti-aging additives in the plastic packaging industry.

We will be looking at the different types of anti-aging additives that are used in the packaging industry and the impact they have on plastic materials.

The plastic industry is a very dynamic sector, and it is constantly evolving to meet the needs of consumers. There has been an increasing demand for eco-friendly packaging materials in recent times.

This has led to the emergence of many new types of plastics, such as bioplastic and bio-composite. Apart from this, the industry is also constantly searching for new ways to improve plastic packaging materials and lifespan.

The Reasons behind the Plastic Aging process

The primary cause of plastic aging is the formation of free radicals. There are two possible ways behind these.  

While Processing

The main cause of the plastic aging process is the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are atoms or molecules that have an unpaired electron in their outer shell. This makes them highly reactive and capable of damaging cellular structures. When a piece of plastic is cut, burned, or otherwise damaged, free radicals are produced as a byproduct of the chemical reactions that occur.

Every day Application

Aging can happen in everyday applications also. Plastic degrades with time into small pieces that are often referred to as plastic particles. Plastic degrades into these particles when it is exposed to air, which is a normal part of the aging process.

The plastic degrades into these particles when it is exposed to air, which is a normal part of the aging process. The small plastic particles are often found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the products we use, and even the air we put out in the open.

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What are Anti Aging Additives?

Manufacturers use some processes to prevent the oxidation process. Therefore plastic can get a longer life than expected. It can happen in two steps:

While Processing

Anti-aging additives are compounds or materials added to plastics to prevent them from undergoing oxidation and degradation. By preventing oxidation, anti-aging additives help to maintain the good condition and long lifespan of plastics.

Anti-aging additives also play a role in maintaining the mechanical properties of plastics, such as transparency, resilience, and flexibility. The two main categories of anti-aging additives are plasticizers and plastic stabilizers.

Anti-aging additives are added to plastic to prevent it from undergoing oxidation. This chemical process occurs naturally in plastic as it is exposed to oxygen. When plastic is not prevented from undergoing oxidation, it will slowly but surely lose its properties and become less suitable for use. This is especially true for plastics that are used in packaging or containers, which are often exposed to air.

Anti-aging additives work by breaking down the molecular bonds in the plastic, which frees up plastic molecules to act and react as they would in the body. This allows the plastic to remain pliable and elastic, which in turn maintains the plastic’s good condition and lengthens its longevity. Anti-aging additives are used in a variety of applications, including bottles, packaging, and containers.

In the Application Process

Sometimes manufacturers use special compounds for the longevity of plastic materials while doing their jobs. Anti-aging additives are the next generation of plastic additives designed to improve polymers’ physical, chemical, and mechanical properties.

Anti-aging additives are also used to make plastics more resistant to degradation, thus extending their lifespan. Anti-aging additives are used to prevent plastic from being damaged by external factors, such as sunlight, heat, and oxygen.

Application of Anti Aging additives in the Packaging industry

The Packaging industry uses a large number of plastics. The largest application of plastics in the packaging industry is rigid packaging, which covers 40% of all plastics used.

The rigid packaging includes plastic packaging made from polypropylene, high-density polyethylene, PET, and polystyrene. Rigid packaging is used in food and beverage packaging, such as containers, pouches, cans, and bottles.

The packaging industry is a large consumer of plastics, and it is an industry that is very much susceptible to the effects of plastic aging.

The packaging industry uses a wide variety of plastics for a variety of purposes, with the most common plastics being polypropylene (PP), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polystyrene (PS), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The most common plastics used for packaging are rigid plastics.

The Packaging industry uses anti-aging additives to improve flexible and rigid packaging performance and appearance. The primary function of anti-aging additives in the Packaging industry is to improve the mechanical properties of the plastic material. Anti-aging additives also improve the plastic material’s transparency, gloss, color stability, and barrier properties.

Anti-Aging Additives in Packing Industry

Other Applications of Anti-aging additives

Anti-aging additives are added to products to extend their shelf life and improve their appearance. Products that are commonly applied with anti-aging additives include automotive paints and coatings, agricultural pesticides, and outdoor products. Because of their widespread application, automotive, agricultural, and outdoor products have become primary sources of anti-aging additives for the human health market.

One of the most common uses for anti-aging additives is found in the automotive industry. In recent years, the auto industry has made great strides in the development of anti-aging additives. This has primarily been in the form of anti-aging additives used in paints and coatings.

Anti-Aging additives are also found in outdoor applications. But recently, there has been an increase in the use of anti-aging additives in the agricultural and food industries. This consumer trend has major implications for the agricultural and food industries, and it’s important for these industries to understand these implications in order to remain competitive.

Applications of Anti-aging additives

Ecochem plastic additives

Ecochem LS 783 is one of the ideal solutions for PE packaging applications. Our  Ecochem LS 944 is the perfect solution for industrial or food industries. You will see UV absorbers oftenly used in the food industry. Our Ecochem UV 326 is frequently used in PP and PE.

Ecochem also produces UV protectors for pet food packaging. Our Ecochem UV 234 is recommended for PET and PC food packaging.

Ecochem products are combined with HALS and UV Absorbers that offer superior packaging protection. For example, Ecochem LS 783 and Ecochem UV 326, or Ecochem LS 944 with Ecochem UV 234 to assure optimum protection at low loadings and competitive costs.

Ecochem products not only protect the inside products with anti-aging packaging but also ensure recyclability of packaging. Contact us to learn more or if you have any upcoming projects.

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