UK Bans Microbeads in Cosmetics

The UK has banned the use of plastic microbeads in personal care and cosmetic products beginning January 9, 2018. The UK joins the US which passed the Microbead Free Waters Act of 2015 banning micobeads from cosmetic products. Microbeads are tiny plastic particles, often used in toothpaste and exfoliants, that find their way into streams, rivers and oceans. One of the consequences of the introduction of microbeads into waterways is that fish mistake them for food, introducing harmful ... More

UK Seeks Microbead Ban in 2017

Amidst rising concerns that microplastics are polluting oceans and waterways, it has been reported that the United Kingdom will begin to outline legislation later this year to ban microbeads from cosmetics products such as soaps, scrubs and toothpaste. Many species of marine life have been found to ingest microbeads, mistaking them for food, leading to potential health concerns. With the U.S. ban on Microbeads going into effect in 2017, other countries are also working on legislation ... More

Blasting 1961 Mercedes

Using custom-engineered PLASTI-GRIT®, the following video shows blasting with Plastic Media for quick & efficient removal of paint and Bondo from a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Plastic abrasive media offers superb paint stripping without damaging the metal substrate. Once the old layers of paint and Bondo have been cleaned, this 190SL will be prepped for restoration and brand new paint. American Dry Stripping in Milford, Connecticut expertly remove paint from collector cars, such as this '61 ... More

Plastic Microbeads Banned in U.S.

On December 28, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation bans the sale and manufacture of products containing plastic microbeads, which are commonly found in personal care products, soaps, scrubs and toothpaste. The scientific research led by 5 Gyres Institute highlighted the accumulation of millions of microbeads in waterways, endangering marine life which mistakenly feeds on the colorful plastic spheres. Prior to the ... More

Ted Diamond Receives Military Award

Ted Diamond, founding family member and past President of Composition Materials Co., Inc., received France's highest military honor on July 3rd, 2015 on his 98th birthday. The Insignia of Chevalier Legion of Honor was awarded to Ted for his service in helping to liberate France in WWII as a combat navigator with the 15th Air Force. Ted flew 50 missions, from December 1943 to August 1944, often leading a group of 28 B-17's.  Ted and the other 19 award recipients were recognized for their ... More

Blasting 1960 Corvette

Plastic media blasting efficiently removes paint from a 1960 fiberglass Corvette without damaging the delicate Corvette surface. Composition Materials Co., Inc. has been manufacturing PLASTI-GRIT® for over 30 years in 5 grades of hardness: Urea, Melamine, Acrylic, Clear-Cut® and Polyester. Plastic abrasives are used worldwide as a leading method of removing paint and coatings from cars, boats, planes, trains, landing gear, helicopters and more! Removing paint from a vintage Corvette requires ... More

Walnut Shell Blasting Bronze Statue

Walnut shell blasting statue of Avery Alexander: The Monumental Task Committee of New Orleans, LA recently restored the statue of Avery Alexander called, "The Crusader." Avery Alexander was an important Louisiana Civil Rights leader who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and he also served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1976-1999. Since Katrina, the statue had been in storage and in need of restoration. As the video highlights, Walnut Shell blasting cleaned the statue's ... More

1954 Corvette Plastic Media

Removing paint from a 1954 Corvette using PLASTI-GRIT®. Paint removal from the Corvette's fiberglass body requires careful handling of its delicate surface. Air pressure, media type, media size and distance are all important variables in achieving best results. This video highlights expert blasting by American Dry Stripping with PLASTI-GRIT®. One of the best features of plastic media blasting is its ability to do an excellent job removing paint from soft substrates, such as fiberglass, ... More

Microbead Alternatives for Cosmetics

Composition Materials supplies cosmetic companies worldwide alternatives to microbeads.  For use in body, bath and skin care products, these all-natural alternatives include all-white palm nut, walnut shell, and apricot pit shell. Eco-friendly ingredients are sourced from sustainable fruit and nut trees, and are available in standard and custom sizes.  Click here for information on all of our cosmetic industry products and services and call 800-262-7763. ... More

Microbead Replacements

Plastic Microbeads are being phased out by cosmetic manufacturing companies worldwide due to the environmental harm caused when when these tiny microplastics enter into waterways, lakes, oceans and food supplies.  Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, Colgate Palmolive, The Body Shop and many other companies are in the process of phasing out the use of microbeads, and the state of Illinois passed legislation banning the sale of products containing microbeads beginning in ... More

Eagle Ornament Restoration with Media Blasting

We were recently contacted to help with restoring classic eagle ornaments. Over many years of weather exposure, the eagles had lost their finish and were in need of restoration. We contacted our local blast shop, American Dry Stripping, and they used our PLASTI-GRIT® Plastic Blast Media, a soft abrasive, to safely strip the delicate aluminum ornaments without pitting or marring.  This prepared the surface with an even and smooth finish. The owner of the eagles was thrilled with the results and ... More

Media Blasting Sculpture

Abrasive Blasting quickly removes rust and oxidation from this metal horse sculpture, by Marcia Spivak. Media Blasting by American Dry Stripping efficiently prepares the steel surface for new paint during restoration. With each unique application, selecting the best media type and size are most important to achieve desired results. For this metal sculpture, the goals included eliminating the accumulated surface oxidation while leaving the surface in the best condition to be painted. The ... More