Polymers, Volume 11, Issue 11 (November 2019) – 180 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): The present paper assesses the water footprint of polymers, polymer blends, and composites based on the case of a standardized EUR-pallet. The study investigates six composition variants and was performed according to cradle-to-gate assessment from the raw materials stage to the final product obtained by injection molding technology. The six composition variants included neat polypropylene, its blend with poly(lactic acid) and composites with cotton fibers, jute fibers, kenaf fibers, and glass fibers. The water footprint of applied raw materials was also evaluated. The results demonstrate that the standard EUR-pallet produced from polypropylene with glass fibers as reinforcement can contribute to the lowest water footprint. View this paper.
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