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Definition of Byproduct

A product is everything that is made through a transformation process. The final result becomes something that is oriented to some form of consumption .

If we incorporate the sub prefix, the new word has a double meaning: something of poor quality for some reason or something that is obtained from an original product.

In this way, an imitation bag would be a byproduct with respect to the genuine and top quality bag and, on the other hand, the wood chip is also a byproduct within the furniture sector.

Petroleum by-products

Petroleum is an organic compound basically formed by carbon and hydrogen and hence comes one of its denominations, hydrocarbon. This product is obtained from the great depths of the Earth, mainly from sedimentary basins. This black and amber viscous substance was formed millions of years ago from plant and animal remains that were buried under sediments. Once obtained by a pumping mechanism, oil is transported by pipelines to the refineries to obtain fuels and lubricants.

However, beyond fuels and lubricants, there is an immense range of by-products that come from petroleum, such as plastics for packaging, objects made with acrylics or polymers, paint pigments, detergents, some fertilizers, aftershave lotion , some moisturizers, etc. According to some calculations, 90% of the utensils we handle are manufactured from some petroleum by-product.

Observing coffee by-products

Coffee has several by-products:

) coffee pulp is used as fertilizer,

2) mucilage is used in the pharmaceutical industry and in the food sector and

3) the water used to pulp coffee becomes a liquid called "honey water" that is used in wastewater treatment .

A residue is not the same as a byproduct

While both terms may seem synonymous, they are really two different things. Waste is understood as what comes from an original product, but it is not useful. On the other hand, a byproduct is everything that has a concrete utility.

For something to be considered a byproduct it must meet two general conditions:

1) that the object obtained can be used in a production process and

2) that its use complies with all legal requirements that protect the health of consumers.

If both requirements are not met, we would face a waste.

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Author: Javier Navarro | Site: - definition | Date: July 2017 | URL: /negocios/subproducto.php
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