celebrating 100 years!

Since 1923 Composition Materials has been a leading innovator of sustainable and recycled products made from post-agricultural and post-industrial sources. These eco-friendly products have been at the core of the company’s product offerings from the beginning, with new products and applications in development. The company started in the 1920’s repurposing birchwood sawdust for use as a filler in various manufactured products. From there, the company founders evaluated various by-products from agriculture and industry. Along the way cherry pits, peach pits, peanut shells, and leather scrap from the shoe industry were milled and classified into abrasives, fillers, and powders. Over the […]

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remembering ted diamond

Ted Diamond, President of Composition Materials from 1952 – 1987, leaves a great legacy. The former 2nd Selectman, longtime civic volunteer and World War II hero, died at 105. Theodore Diamond — a combat veteran, attorney, CEO and active citizen of Westport, died at home on August 2 as a consequence of Covid-19. He was 105 years old. After serving as an infantry drill instructor, Ted volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was determined to fight, and became the lead navigator of a group of 28 planes flying 50 missions against the

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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 substances which can also move up the food chain. There are numerous all-natural and biodegradable microbead replacements available. Composition Materials Co., Inc.

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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 including Canada and Australia. France passed legislation banning microbeads in cosmetic scrubs beginning in 2018. Composition Materials has been supplying the cosmetics industry with all-natural scrubs and exfoliants for

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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 Mercedes. Plastic abrasives offer excellent paint stripping advantages on cars, trucks, airplanes, trains, helicopters and landing gear. On softer substrates, such as aluminum, fiberglass and composites, plastic

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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 federal ban, a number of states had passed microbead bans including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana and New Jersey. The Microbead-Free Waters Act bans manufacturing of products containing plastic microbeads effective July 1st,

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