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Novoloop Launches World’s First TPU Made from Recycled Plastic Waste

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Novoloop, a California materials-science startup, has launched what it’s billing as the world’s first thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) made with post-consumer recycled polyethylene waste, such as plastic grocery bags and milk jugs. The material, which goes by the moniker Xirc (pronounced “circ,” like “circular”), boasts mechanical performance properties comparable with those of commercial virgin-grade TPUs, including…

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