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Recycling at Micronized

Did you know that Micronized uses thousands of small and large bulk bags every day to bag off the processed mineral powders?
Thousands of pallets are used every year to pack and secure the bagged product.

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Ever wondered what happens to these packaging materials? Do they end up in landfill sites and create environmental issues?

Rather than making a mess or littering landfill sites, can you imagine this packaging actually contributing positively to our built environment?

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Well it does. Even when used, plastic and wooden packaging has value.

After emptying the bags, most of our customers either re-use or collect and send the packaging to recycling companies or are part of collection initiatives where they support local collectors.

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image4The plastic is either baled, then sent for further processing, or larger pieces are left intact for re-use or to make anything from ornaments to fashion items.

Here is an example (above) of a polypropylene bag that has been stitched then screen printed, and has a handle sewn into the top. This is sold as an attractive fashion accessory.

The baled plastic is ground up with large machines and bonded with glue and an inert pigment is mixed into the granules. The mixture is then compressed under heat and pressure to produce plastic slats that are harder and longer lasting than wood. Chairs, benches, decking and garden furniture such as the table below can be made from the plastic slats.

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The used wooden pallets are not thrown away or used for firewood either. They are sanded down and painted and then used to make attractive and unique furniture.

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Here is an example (above) of a modern bed base that is made from as few as four pallets, or double-stacked as in this picture. The versatility is limited only by the imagination and creativity of the designer.

Here is a coffee table server fixed with castor wheels for mobility.

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At Micronized, we are supportive of ways to create a more sustainable planet and to promote the use of products that were previously discarded or (worse) incinerated.

Why not share some of your creative ideas for re-using packaging on our page?

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    Silica is a crystalline
    Quartz 
    that is mined
    by 
    underground and
    open 
    cast
    methods
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    crystalline anhydrous
    alkali aluminium
    silicate.

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    lamellar 
    mineral,
    known as potassium
    aluminium
    phyllosilicate
    micaflakes
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    name of
    hydrated laminar
    industrial
    minerals
    vermiculite
  • Supersilk

    Supersilk is a soft,
    inert mineral 
    which
    occurs typically as a

    sheet silicate
    supersilk220
  • Talc

    Talc is a soft, lamellar
    inert mineral, which
    occurs as magnesium
    silicate
    talcpharmatal
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    Tioxsil is a super white
    pigment 
    extender and
    opacifier 
    used in
    paints and
    polymer
    systems
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    Kaolin is an Aluminium
    Silicate, 
    refined and
    milled to produce

    a clean, off-white,
    low 
    iron
    product
    kaolin-220
  • Silica

    Silica is a crystalline
    Quartz 
    that is mined
    by 
    underground and
    open 
    cast
    methods
    Quartz-Silica
  • Feldspar

    Feldspar is a milled
    crystalline anhydrous
    alkali aluminium
    silicate.

    Feldspar-Close-tn-02
  • Mica

    Mica is a platelet or
    lamellar 
    mineral,
    known as potassium
    aluminium
    phyllosilicate
    micaflakes
  • Vermiculite

    Vermiculite is the
    geological 
    name of
    hydrated laminar
    industrial
    minerals
    vermiculite
  • Supersilk

    Supersilk is a soft,
    inert mineral 
    which
    occurs typically as a

    sheet silicate
    supersilk220
  • Talc

    Talc is a soft, lamellar
    inert mineral, which
    occurs as magnesium
    silicate
    talcpharmatal
  • Tioxsil

    Tioxsil is a super white
    pigment 
    extender and
    opacifier 
    used in
    paints and
    polymer
    systems
    tioxil220
  • Kaolin

    Kaolin is an Aluminium
    Silicate, 
    refined and
    milled to produce

    a clean, off-white,
    low 
    iron
    product
    kaolin-220