poly·​pro·​pyl·​ene | \ ˌpä-lē-ˈprō-pə-ˌlēn How to pronounce polypropylene (audio) \

Definition of polypropylene

: any of various thermoplastic plastics or fibers that are polymers of propylene

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The fire began late Wednesday morning at ExxonMobil's Baytown Olefins Plant at a unit that contains polypropylene material. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Harris County, Texas, sues ExxonMobil one day after fire at Baytown plant," 1 Aug. 2019 From the polypropylene body to the ABS latches and stainless steel hardware, Pelican stands behind their coolers with a lifetime warranty. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "This Unbreakable Cooler Will Protect Your Burgers From the Apocalypse," 29 Aug. 2016 To fold it back up, the durable polypropylene shell collapses into layers. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art," 24 June 2019 The key to that success is the SoxxBoxx Gro System, an elevated tray containing rows of polypropylene socks filled with rich soil. Bradley Zint, latimes.com, "On Food: Farm + Food Lab’s micro-farm is growing ‘healing food’," 19 June 2019 The container, which can only be purchased online through the Olay website in the United States and the United Kingdom, will be filled with the moisturizer and come with a pod made of polypropylene, a type of plastic that is recyclable. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "P&G is testing refillable containers for Olay," 5 June 2019 So avoid products with these P's: polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and polymethyl methacrylate. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "What "Green" Means to Women in the Natural Beauty Industry," 8 Apr. 2019 The most common type was polypropylene, the plastic found in bottle caps, followed by polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the plastic found in the bottles themselves. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Plastic found in the poop of eight people from eight different countries," 24 Oct. 2018 Exxon Mobil said its new polypropylene plant would produce advanced materials for use in automobiles, appliances and packaging. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon Mobil considers building new Gulf Coast plastics plant," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of polypropylene

1935, in the meaning defined above

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