Applications
What are aromatics used and how do they improve our quality of life?

Food packaging and modern kitchen fixtures

Aromatics in the kitchen make the things we do there both safer and more comfortable.

In a refrigertor for example interior panels are most often made out of tough, corrosion-resistant plastics such as ABS or high-impact polystyrene; clear, see-through drawers and compartments are made out of polystyrene or polycarbonate. More importantly, the foamed polyurethane, derived from toluene, used between the moulded panels of your fridge help keep the cold from dissipating. This means that your fridge can stay cool while saving you money on your electricity bill.

In the developed world, the volume of food wasted before it reaches consumers is only 2%. But this figure rises dramatically - up to 50% - in emerging nations where packaging, refrigeration and distribution systems are limited.

The eggs that you buy usually come in the traditional polystyrene egg carton. Polystyrene is deried from ethylbenzene and is protecting the eggs against breaking and spilling, obviously, but also providing a layer of insulation that protects against freezer burn.

Your gas-burner, microwave oven, coffee machine, pots and pans, milk bottles and yoghurt pots, meat trays, even the cutlery all rely on the input of the aromatics industry. They make the appliances and the food safer and easier to use.

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