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Definition of polypropylene

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

Examples of polypropylene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bottles are made of polypropylene and are probably recyclable. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 At present, less than 1% of all polypropylene is recycled, PureCycle said. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, 7 May 2021 This measures four feet around and is made of 100% polypropylene. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 Apr. 2021 The price of polypropylene for example is expected to drop from its recent peaks as more producers reopen their plants, said Jennifer Van Dinter, head of integrated analytics at S&P Global Platts. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2021 Made from acid-free and archival-safe polypropylene, these won’t lift copy off of papers. Chris Hachey, BGR, 29 Apr. 2021 The company is also replacing most steel parts used in vehicles with components made from advanced composites, a mix of polypropylene, a polymer used to make plastics, and fiberglass. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 The 128-ounce bags are made from durable polypropylene and are ideal for holding leaves, grass clippings, or other debris from around your yard. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2021 Hand-braided from 100% polypropylene, the outdoor rug comes in seven neutral shades that fit right in with any type of outdoor furniture and decorations. Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of polypropylene

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polypropylene was in 1935

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7 Jun 2021

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“Polypropylene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polypropylene. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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