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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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? […]

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May 29, 2018

Hefty Energy Bags Could be the Answer for Hard-to-Recycle Plastics

Last year, Hefty teamed up with Dow Chemical to capture hard to recycle plastics to convert them into a synthetic fuel oil.  These hard to recycle plastics include chip bags, bread wrappers, and juice pouches, just to name a few. Consumers use the orange Hefty Energy Bags to place these plastics in recycling so they […]

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May 22, 2018

Plastics Company Making the Most of Opportunities, Inc.

Wisconsin based plastics company, Seljan Co. Inc., is utilizing workers who may not be able to get a fair shot.  By teaming up with Opportunities Inc., a rehabilitation program in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Seljan Co. Inc. has created employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.  In fact, Seljan Co. Inc. was presented with a award for […]

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May 13, 2018

Plastic Wheelchairs Helping Countries in Need

Wheelchairs can be costly and very hard to come by, especially for those who need them in developing countries.  Don Schoendorfer decided to help those in need by starting the Free Wheelchair Mission. The Free Wheelchair Mission was started in Irvine, California in 2001 after Schoendorfer visited Morocco and discovered that an estimated 100 million […]

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