Many of you may have encountered terms like vinyl siding, vinyl records, vinyl flooring, vinyl gloves, etc., but may not know what vinyl is.
Vinyl is not a natural substance, but a synthetic man-made material. It is a plastic made from ethylene (found in crude oil) and chlorine (found in ordinary salt). During processing, two materials are combined to form a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin, or commonly referred to as -vinyl.
Vinyl was first invented by scientists in 1920, and they wanted to develop a material to help make everyday products that are easier to manufacture, more durable and cheaper than existing products. Today, vinyl has become the world's second largest plastic resin produced and sold.
The most common use of vinyl is in construction, especially as vinyl flooring and vinyl siding. In fact, these uses of vinyl are often considered their sole use. In addition to these, vinyl has many other uses because it has the ability to combine with various additives and modifiers, making vinyl very suitable for making many different products.
Common characteristics of vinyl
Vinyl has moisture and moisture resistance.
It is a very strong and durable plastic material.
Vinyl can be made in many colors, including transparent and solid.
Vinyl is a very low cost material to produce.
Vinyl is a plastic that, unlike other plastics, is easy to recycle. Due to the durability of vinyl materials, products made from this material have a long service life. In addition, vinyl can be recycled, which means vinyl plastic resins have a longer life.
Vinyl is a very environmentally friendly material, not only because it can be recycled, but also for many other reasons. Vinyl helps protect environmental resources because 57% of vinyl is made from table salt, which is a renewable natural substance. Resources that cannot replenish resources (such as crude oil) account for only 43% of vinyl resins, thus making them naturally friendly.
Compared with various other materials used in the packaging industry, vinyl requires less natural resources, requires less energy to manufacture, and emits less exhaust gas to the environment.
Therefore, the synthetic chemical material vinyl has completely changed the entire plastic resin industry.