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Sealing the Building Envelope with Plastics

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The Surprising Environmental Benefits of Plastics

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6 Innovative Technologies That Could Boost Plastics Recycling

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Plastics Recycling: Poised for Further Growth

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Football Tailgating Violations with Martie Duncan

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Eye “Glasses”? Nah. Plastics Help Protect and Improve Our Vision

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How to pack amazing school lunches your kids will love

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Mini Horse Overcomes the Odds with Help from Plastic Prosthesis

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IOTW plastics wrap food waste

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Stretch (wrap) your food budget

Fight food waste! Researchers combined handy plastic stretch wrap and microbe-fighting ingredients. Result? It helps keep fruits and chicken fresh longer.

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Marine Mussels Plastics

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Mimic marine mussels = plastics

Inspired by nature, new plastic mimics marine mussels to become stretchy, strong… and self-repairing. Could be used for robots, packaging delicate cargo – even protective body armor.

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iotw bike polyethylene plastics

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Wait until 2049? Nah…

The future of bikes = plastic strings? It’s not just in this fall’s big sci fi movie. It’s available now – the gears are driven by ultra strong polyethylene (UHMwPE) plastic strings.

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Plastics recycling in space!

Plastics company Braskem teams with 3-D printing company to create the “first commercial plastics recycling operation in the history of space missions” slated to begin in 2018.

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From pee to plastics...

Um... really? Researchers are developing a way to turn astronaut pee into plastics—in space. A special yeast strain might produce plastics that could be used to 3-D print objects.

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Flexible solar panel

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Time to wash the solar cells...

Bendable/stretchy solar cells? A plastic coating lets light in but helps keep out water… may lead to photovoltaics embedded in clothing that can be tossed in the laundry.

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Frida the Rescue Dog with Protective Plastics

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Plastic pooch paws

Viva Frida! This Labrador Retriever is helping rescue victims of Mexico’s earthquakes, wearing protective plastic goggles and water-resistant nylon paw boots with grippy soles.

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3D Printed Nasa recycled plastics

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Recycle, print, repeat…

Recycling plastics… in space? NASA plans to send its “refabricator” to the space station—it recycles used plastics and 3-D prints new parts… sustainable manufacturing in outer space!

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Plastics Habitat NASA

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Space Station gets expandable room

A plastic living space… in space? NASA is testing Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM), made w/ layers of tough plastic fabric to protect crew from meteors/space junk.

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Innovation of the Week Rubber Plastics Shoes

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Foodie foot fashion

Latest trend in sneakers? Check out this listicle of food-based designs: pizza, cupcakes, tacos, donuts, shrimp & grits… (all made possible by durable and comfy plastics/rubber).

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