The 2016 Survey of Architectural Registration Boards reported that there are 109,748 architects in the United States. Many of them work with an engineering paper called Tyvek paper. Invented in 1955 by DuPont researcher Jim White, Tyvek is a material that looks like paper but behaves like plastic, making it ideal for a number of creative uses. Here are just a few practical uses for Tyvek paper.
One of Tyvek paper's most popular uses is in the form of Tyvek housing wrap, which protect homes and buildings from weather damage during construction and certain renovations. Tykvek paper is both waterproof and permeable, so it's the perfect material to protect buildings from the elements.
Interestingly enough, Tyvek is quickly becoming the packaging material of choice for countless medical supply manufacturers. This is because of its feel and waterproofing qualities. It's continuing to replace paper and plastic within these contexts.
"[Tyvek] is a lightweight material that makes it great for use in envelopes and packaging, because it's easier to ship and move. It is slightly thin, allowing water vapor to pass through it, but not liquid water. It is also tough for its thickness and weight, which means it can stand up to some abuse," writes Mike Orwell on Sciencing.
Surprisingly, a few countries have experimented by using Tyvek paper for some governmental purposes. Costa Rica, for example, printed money on the material, which outlasted its paper alternative. New Zealand is also known to have printed its drivers' licenses on Tyvek material between the years of 1986 and 1999.
Ultimately, these are just a few of Tyvek paper's many uses and applications. Keep in mind that this material can certainly be recycled, though not with the rest of your paper. The U.S. paper industry set a goal of a 60% scrap paper recovery rate by 2012, but achieved this goal three years early. However, since Tyvek is actually a type of plastic, it should be recycled with the rest of your plastic bottles and materials. There are also some companies that can pick up the material through certain recovery programs.
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