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AlphaWire EcoWire™ Hook-Up Wire

Better Performance, Better for the Environment

  • Better Dielectric strength
  • Wide temperature range that meets VW-1
  • Low specific gravity
  • More durable with up to 10x better abrasion and pinch resistance resistance
  • Up to 45% smaller diameter
  • Up to 40% lighter
  • Fully recyclable

Approved by UL
Adoption of mPPE-based products such as EcoWire should not be hindered by its perceived novelty. Underwriters Laboratories has approved mPPE as a suitable insulation for over fifty AWM cable styles; thus, it can be confidently applied where a tough, compact, and non-halogenated wire is required.

UL AWM 11028
VW-1 UL 1581


  • Cell phone chargers
  • AC power cords
  • Vehicle Harnesses
  • Personal Computers
  • Medical

Alpha Wire EcoWire™ is the latest innovation in hook-up wire. A true engineering breakthrough, EcoWire achieves increased performance in a wire that is fully recyclable.

EcoWire™ Plus provides improved fluid resistance for industrial applications, in addition to offering the benefits and characteristics of standard EcoWire™.

EcoWire derives its advantage from its unique insulation, a modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) thermoplastic. mPPE-based insulation is non-halogenated and contains no heavy metal pigments, allowing it to help manufacturers meet Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requirements.

In addition to its ecological benefits, Alpha Wire's EcoWire brings many performance advantages, including:

  • Minimized environmental impact - mPPE contains no halogens, phthalates, or heavy metals and meets RoHS and WEEE requirements.
  • Better dielectric strength - the superior dielectric properties of mPPE enables reduced wall thickness while maintaining the same electrical properties as PVC. The diameter of equivalent wires with mPPE insulation is up to 25% smaller than PVC-based wires. Figure 1 compares a 20AWG hook-up wire of PVC to the same wire with mPPE.

Figure 1: mPPE-insulated wires offer a significantly smaller diameter.

  • Low specific gravity - the 1.03 specific gravity of mPPE is 25% to 40% lower than other insulation materials such as PVC, polyethylene, and cross-linked polyethylene. Along with the reduced wall thickness, the low specific gravity yields significant weight savings of around 25%.
  • Flame resistance - mPPE meets UL VW-1.
  • Wide temperature rate - wires and cable with mPPE insulation meet UL 1581 requirements for operation at 80ºC and 105ºC.
  • Durability - even with thinner walls, mPPE offers 10x better abrasion and pinch resistance than PVC. Although it is not as thick, it is tougher. As shown in the comparison in Figure 2, mPPE's better tensile strength and lower hardness rating combine to provide a tough, durable, and flexible insulation.

Standard PVC vs. mPPE Insulation
Properties Std. PVC
Hardness, C scale
84 74
Tensile stress at break, psi (MPa)
3090 (21.3)
3335 (23)
Tensile strain at break, %
360 84
Volume resistivity, ohm-cm @ 100V
2.715 3.9416
Specific gravity
1.32 1.03
Figure 2: mPPE-insulated wire outperforms standards PVC in strength and flexibility.

  • Recyclable - plastics present significant disposal issues. Its harmful additives leak into the groundwater in landfills and produce toxic gases when burned. PVC can be recycled but it is not always technically feasible and rarely cost effective. Other common wire insulations present similar, if less severe, problems. On the other hand, mPPE is thermoplastic and more easily recycled as it does not contain the aforementioned hazardous materials.
  • New! EcoWire Plus Hook-up Wire from Alpha Wire with improved fluid resistance for industrial applications, in addition to offering the benefits and characteristics of standard EcoWire™.
  • Standard EcoWire is perfect for medical applications. The 100% recyclable alternative to PVC-insulated wire is 45% smaller, 40% lighter, and 10 times tougher.

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