Unsaturated Polyester Resins have eco-friendly formulation.

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Featuring 5.5% rapidly renewable and 15% post-consumer recycled content, Silmar® resins include SIL90BA-220ECO for general-purpose cast marble applications and SIL93BE-330ECO, which is acrylic modified and contains UV stabilizers for solid surface applications. SIL90BA-585ECO offers rapidly renewable content of 26%. All 3 unsaturated polyester resins feature optimal thermal shock performance and cure properties, consistent color, and resistance to cracking during fabrication.

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Interplastic Announces New ECO Series Resins

(St. Paul, MN) Interplastic Corporation today announced its new "green" resins developed for cast polymer applications. The resins contain both post-consumer recycled material and rapidly renewable material and contribute to LEED® points according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

These Silmar® brand resins have excellent thermal shock performance, consistent color, excellent cure properties and resistance to cracking during fabrication. The standards ASTM D5116-06 and D6670-01 were the foundation for all product specific test protocols. The industries targeted for Interplastic's green resins will be new construction, remodeling, and other cast polymer applications. "These products provide our customers the ability to place green cast polymer marble, solid surface and engineered stone in the hands of builders and architects. Having cast surfaces that can be LEED Certified is a plus that will pull in valuable business" explains Daryl Francis, Business Manager, Marble/Casting Products.

SIL90BA-220ECO is an unsaturated polyester resin designed for general purpose cast marble applications that has 5.5% rapidly renewable content and 15% post-consumer recycled.

SIL93BE-330ECO is an unsaturated polyester resin designed for solid surface applications, is acrylic modified and contains UV stabilizers. This resin has 5.5% rapidly renewable content and 15% post-consumer recycled.

SIL90BA-585ECO is an unsaturated polyester resin based on Silmar's trademark "585" cast marble product line applications. The rapidly renewable content for this resin is 26%.

Points are earned for both post-consumer recycled and rapidly renewable materials. The points are awarded based on percent cost of the fraction of renewable materials. For each 10% of the construction material that is post-consumer recycled and for every 2.5% of the construction material that is rapidly renewable one point is awarded. Contractors or developers may use initiatives that encourage "green" building construction.

Interplastic Corporation is a specialty chemical company with its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its Thermoset Resins Division focuses on the production and distribution of unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester resins, gel coats, and colorants for the composites and cast polymer industries. The Molding Products Division is a leader in the production of sheet molding compounds and other thermoset molding materials. Interplastic's North American Composites division is a national, full-service supplier to these same industries.

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