It seems just about everywhere you go today you hear about essential oils. If you are shopping you’ll often see the oils in the store and when you engage in social media or online sales you will likely see oils mentioned there as well. Essential oils have grown in popularity over the last several years as the applications and science-backed benefits are vast. Yet, you may not have known that these oils are used outside of household applications. In fact, many businesses are choosing to add essential oils to plastics that are being compounded for a wide variety of reasons.
Essential Oils and Plastics
One of the most common applications of essential oils in plastics occurs in the agricultural industry. For instance, Gaia Scent WG 300. This product is an additive that contains aromatic oils. Is a great asset in a variety of applications such as:
- Blown Film
- Injection Molding
- Blow Molding
The benefit of this additive is that the vapors from the plastic will act as a barrier that will keep insects from penetrating and impacting people, plants, and even household pets. The insects will breathe the scent in, and the organic smell is then absorbed into their body, directly impacting the neurological and biological systems of the insect. This causes a flight response in the insect, effectively protecting the area or product as intended.
Benefits of Incorporating Essential Oils into Plastics Compounding
While other additives can be chosen when compounding specific plastics, many are choosing essential oils when they learn of this option. The motivation for many is that the oils effectively replace hazardous chemicals for something that is not a caustic pesticide and it is non-toxic. Where there is a desire to repel insects, such as around food, animals, and people, it makes sense to employ non-toxic solutions when possible.
Phoenix Plastics is Ready to Incorporate Essential Oils Into Your Polymer Needs
If you are in search of the highest quality plastics and plastic additives, including oils, we are sure that we can help. Phoenix Plastics has more than 20 years of experience and features 200 products and several patents to ensure that we can meet and exceed your expectations. Give us a call today at 866-760-2311 so we can discuss your current needs. We are excited to partner with you!