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September 14, 2018

ExoShield Protects Windshields from Breaking

Researchers from Ontario, Canada have developed a new technology to help protect your windshield from damages.  ExoShield is a thin plastic film that is applied to the top of windshields that safeguards them much like the protective coating on cell phones.   ExoShield is only .13 millimeters thick and increases the impact resistance by six […]

August 31, 2018

Super Water Resistant Plastic

Plastic packaging is a great invention used to keep sensitive electronics and food protected from the elements, particularly moisture.  While it is widely used for this purpose, plastic is still able to be permeated by water, making its effectiveness over time not ideal. When moisture gets inside this plastic packaging, it can cause devastating damage […]

August 23, 2018

Super Absorbent Plastics Stop Unwanted Leaks

Any parent knows, the more absorbent the diaper, the better.  No one wants what’s in those things leaking! What makes disposable diapers able to hold so much liquid? Before the invention of disposable diapers, cloth diapers were the go to for keeping your baby dry and clean.  They didn’t hold much liquid, and they had […]

August 12, 2018

Oleo Sponge Cleans Up Ocean Oil Spills

A new polyurethane foam sponge has been invented to clean up oil spills in the ocean.  A team from the Argonne National Laboratory created this sponge to tackle the unfortunate problem of oil messes in large bodies of water, messes that harm wildlife and destroy natural habitats. The Oleo Sponge is polyurethane foam which is […]

August 4, 2018

The History of Playmobil

Playmobil figurines and playscapes have enchanted people young and old for over 45 years.  It’s hard to imagine that a small toy made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene could make such an impact on the toy world, but it has! Playmobil was created in the early 1970’s during a time when oil prices were going up, […]

July 24, 2018

The History of Plastics

The word “plastic” derives from the Greek word “plastikos” meaning to grow or form. Plastic is created by putting together chains of molecules called polymers.  Polymers occur naturally in the world, and the word “polymer” means “of many parts.  Plastic is formed when carbon atoms from petroleum or fossil fuels combine to form very long […]

July 13, 2018

Find out exactly how this wonder material is manufactured.

Plastics come from natural materials like natural gas, crude oil, plants, minerals, and coal.  Most plastics are made from hydrocarbons that are found in these raw materials. The word “plastic” come from the Greek word “plastikos” which means “to mold” or “to form”.  Chemists are able to take monomers and string them together to create […]

June 29, 2018

Econyl Making Waves in the Fashion World

Could recycled plastic yarn be the textile of the future? Old, discarded fishing nets and other used nylons may seem like the type of waste that just sits in a landfill for years, but thanks to Italian company Aquafil, these tossed aside nylons are getting a new lease on life. Aquafil launched Econyl in 2011, […]

June 19, 2018

Plastic Makes Music Accessible to Everyone!

Musical instruments can be expensive, but with plastic, they don’t have to be! A lot of beautiful instruments are made from rare woods, ivory, and mother of pearl, which can be hard to come by, expensive, and not very good for the environment.   Thanks to the innovations of plastic, more instruments are being made available […]

June 6, 2018

Hollywood Loves Plastic!

Did you know that some of your most favorite props from movies are made from plastic? Plastics are all over the silver screen, from lightsabers to Ghostbuster proton packs.  Plastics make the perfect costar, since they’re versatile, durable, and easily replaceable.  Did you know about some of these incredible ways plastics help make movie magic? […]